Drawing of the goddess Amaterasu.
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Amaterasu was the Sun
goddess of the oldest Japanese religion called Shinto.
When her brother Susanowo treated her badly, she hid in the cave of heaven. This made the world dark, and then evil spirits came out of their hiding places.
The gods were so upset, they tried to trick Amaterasu into
coming out by having a party near the cave. She came out when she saw herself in a mirror. Finally, light once again covered and colored the world.
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