Friday, November 27, 2009
Ama (heaven) - terasu (light)
Japan's ancient mythological sun goddess Amaterasu, in many ways, resembles images of the Christ and of the Virgin Mary, also of Gaia (Mother Earth) and of Aphrodite (Venus / Isis / Columbina / Demeter / Astarte / Persephone). Such images are accompanied by classical literature on the elusive, poetic "origins" of the Japanese in stories depicting heaven, hell, concepts of good vs evil, morality and ethics, plus a pantheon of infinite gods and goddesses to rival Pokemon. Why is God female in Japan's version of the beginning of life? It doesn't matter, since the female is just incidental, a void; it's the deity in the shape of an earthly man who is the true sun god, who "dips his spear into the ocean" to symbolize manhood being the giver of life, in conjunction with the universe (there is a female with him, but only to be his helper, and she also learns a valuable lesson not to pursue him first). All of this seems to be indicative of the new (at the time, in the 6th century) Buddhist wave that swept the country, that led to Shintō deities being presented in a whole new (patriarchal, as the spear of man being a phallus) context, whereby the kami are born from the man + universe as the world materializes from divine inspiration (Idealism), in a narratively intriguing (dramatic, sensationalistic) style. Maybe the myth regarding the Japanese being a combination of Jomon and Yayoi ancestors is symbolic of the combination of cultures: Shamanistic nature worship combined with an image (human form and gender)-conscious "Bollywood" formula.
Both Amaterasu and Persephone (Roman = Proserpina) are associated with the snake, another phallic symbol of the giver of life. Also see Chaos at Wikipedia.
Japanese Creation Myth (712 CE) From Genji Shibukawa: Tales from the Kojiki
Read about Persephone in Greek mythology at www.economicexpert.com
Greco-Buddhist art - Wikipedia
Koshintō - Wikipedia
Ko-Shinto (古神道, Ko-Shintō?) is the name given to the original Shinto tradition of the Jomon people still practiced today in some Ainu families and communities as well as in some Ryukyuan areas.