snake, draped on her arm, holds her brother's sword which she broke into 3
pieces that became Goddesses. She holds a haniwa (burial sculpture) of a female
shaman from Tochigi Prefecture, late 5th or early 6th century. The design
on the vase is from a 19th century woodcut by Utagawa Kunisada; mirror from the
Yayoi period, 300 BCE-300 CE.
Blank Inside with White Envelope
Back Cover has information below about the Goddess on this
5 inch by 7 inch card. Small frame-able works by artist Sandra Stanton.
Helps to support the Global Fund for Women.
The Great Goddess Spirit Shining in Heaven, this Japanese Sun Goddess ruled
weaving and agriculture. Disgusted with her brother because of his violence
toward women, Amaterasu enclosed herself in a cave and refused to come out.
Eight hundred deities gathered outside her self-made isolation and tried to lure
her out with a loud celebration.
Hearing the loud commentaries on an erotic dance being performed by the crone
Goddess Ame No Uzume, Amaterasu emerged, overcome with curiosity. Seeing her
radiance reflected in a mirror that had been set up outside the entrance, she
was amazed at her brilliance which she had never seen before. She returned to
the world and life was renewed.