Amaterasu is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Amatsu-Kami ("Heavenly Ones") who were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Ainu and Japanese people in Eastern Asia. She is one of a trinity of gods at a large hierarchy of deities along with Susanoo, the storm-god, and Tsukiyomi, the moon-god.
Amaterasu possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Amatsukami or Gods of Japan. Like all Japanese Gods, she is exceptionally long-lived, but she is not immortal like the Olympian gods; she has aged at an extremely slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Izanagi, Takamimusubi or Susanowo, or for a number of Japanese gods of equal power working together to revive her. Amaterasu also possesses superhuman strength and her Kami metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Kami flesh and bone is about twice as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength, speed and weight of the Amatsukami.)
Amaterasu also possesses extraordinary powers to tap into and manipulate mystical energies for a number of effects, mostly in conjuring great heat and light on the level of a small sun. She can create a burst of light powerful enough to register as a small explosion. Her power is linked to the sun and its purifying effects can repel the Oni (Japanese demons) and destroy all sorts of undead creatures, including the kappas (vampires and zombies). She can also fly at incredible speeds through the air and manipulate the weather under limited conditions.
Amaterasu can also move between alternate dimensions, such as between Earth and Ama, create energy for both defensive and offensive purposes and conjure objects, such as altering her apparel between her royal and farming attire. She can also place enchantments on both people and objects. Her full level of power is unrevealed, but it is likely she is no where near as powerful as her father, Izanagi, or any of the other chieftains of gods on Earth, such as Odin or Zeus.
She was a fair and just ruler and had skills as a rice farmer and weaver.
Amaterasu possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 50 tons
Necklace of pearls named Mikuratananokami and her mirror Yata-katami (which she gave to her grandson Ninigi as relics and proof of his divine heritage).
- 2 Appearances of Amaterasu (Earth-616)
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- 1 Images featuring Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Quotations by or about Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Amaterasu (Earth-616)
- Amaterasu at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
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