Usage Japanese Mythology
Scripts 天照(Japanese Kanji) あまてらす(Japanese Hiragana)
Pronounced Pron. A-MA-TEH-RA-SOO(Japanese)
Meaning & History
Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and 照 (terasu) meaning "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. She was born when Izanagi washed his left eye after returning from the underworld. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.