Amaterasu Omikami is undoubtedly the most prominent survival into modern times of the ancient and universal Sun Goddess.
The Shinto Sun Goddess is the Divine Ancestor of the Japanese Emperor, and the Imperial Family were until the end of the Second World War regarded as living deities (kami).
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
The accounts of Her emergence from the Heavenly Cave vary, but in all versions it is clear that this emergence is desperately needed by all beings, even "gods".
On December 21st, the Winter Solstice, festivities celebrate Amaterasu emerging from the Cave; just as Filianists celebrate the Birth of the Daughter in the Cave at the time of the Winter Solstice. We shall discuss the importance of the Cave, and its centrality to the Winter Solstice Event (the coming of the Divine Light upon the world through the Northern Gate of the year/cosmos) in a forthcoming article.
The conflation of what Filianists regard as two separate Events—the Sacrifice of the Daughter and Her Birth—is typical of those traditional perspectives that do not have a strong Mother-Daughter separation in their understanding of Our Mother God.
Needless to say, there is no real conflict here, only two ways of regarding the same essential Truth.
The ancient Japanese cultus of Amaterasu is the survival, in somewhat patriarchalized form, of a Déanic perspective that takes Sai Raya as the primary representative of our Supreme Mother God.
Demeter and Persephone: the Mother-Daughter religion in ancient Greece.
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