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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 108, Amaterasu Omikami Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 108, Amaterasu Omikami Summary and Analysis

The timing of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu's birth is not quite clear. Some say that she was born from the left eye of Izanagi after Izanami died. Others say that Izanami gave birth to the sun and the moon before the water serpent. Her brother is Susanowo, God of the sea. He is jealous of her greater power and plans to challenge her. Amaterasu learns of her brother's plans and prepares her defense. When Susanowo arrives he denies any intent to harm his sister and even offers to mate with her as a sign of his good will. Three daughters are born from this union. It is not long before Susanowo is back to his scheming. He blocks the irrigation canals, stomps on every rice plant, and smears the celestial weaving house with excrement. Amaterasu overlooks these...

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