Amaterasu Omikami

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central deity of Shinto


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Legend has it that the angered sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, sequestered herself in a celestial cave, thus depriving the world of light and heat.
If he were to climb onto the roof of the Holy of Holies of Amaterasu Omikami, or Kasuga, or Hachiman, and defecate and urinate thereon, no punishment would strike him.
Notable ancient shrines of this kind are Ise Jingu, the residence of Amaterasu Omikami, and Izumo Taisha, the residence of Okuninushi.
The Inner Shrine honors the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the mythical progenitor of the imperial line.
It was supposedly first performed by the divine imperial ancestor, the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami.
Under Shinto doctrine, the Emperor governed by divine right through his direct descent from the Sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. Prince Ito drafted a new constitution for Japan and in a commentary on it he wrote: "The Emperor is heaven descended, divine, and sacred.
Similarly, Oe intends to persuade readers that the "emperor system" - the entire set of cultural values focused on the emperor and rooted in Shinto mythology, in which the emperor or ten'no (heavenly king) is a descendant of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami - is the source of evil in Japan.(4) His criticism of this system centers on his belief that it victimizes people, for it functions as "a tool to suppress art and the people's consciousness" (Matsuzaki 44).