myth of Amaterasu and Susano-O turns our usual
Western ideas about gender upside down. In this story, the Sun God
that we've come to expect in the West to be male is, instead, a Goddess.
She is full of light, warmth, intellectual understanding, but clarity
comes to her only in the end. The emotional one who leaves devastation
in his wake is not female, as we've often been taught to expect, but
a very male presence, full of energy and momentum. He certainly stirs
Brother/sister. Husband/wife. Friend/enemy. Other/Self.
the Amaterasu Story
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