Wakahirume

December 22nd, 2008 by sabrina

Let’s keep on going with the sun Goddesses, shall we?

Wakahirume (pronounced wa-ka-HEER-oo-may) is the Japanese Goddess of the rising sun and of weaving. She is the younger sister of Amaterasu, daughter of Izanami and Izanagi. Wakahirume was a fantastic weaver and she was often to be found in Amaterasu’s weaving halls, creating garments for all the Gods. When their brother Susanoo flew into a rage against Amaterasu, he threw a skinned pony into the hall. Wakahirume was so startled that she fell onto her shuttle and died. It was her grief over Wakahirume’s death that drove Amaterasu to hide herself away in a cave. In the third century CE, Empress Jingu established the Ikuta Shrine in honor of Wakahirume, one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Wakahirume’s name, which means “young day woman,” is also seen as Wakahiru-Me and Wakahirume-no-Mikoto.

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