「古事記・天の岩屋戸/The Kojiki – The Goddess’ Cave 」
天の岩屋戸/The goddess’ Cave
After Izanaki came back from the land of Yomi.
He entered the ocean and washed all the evil off his body.
When he was washing his left eye, Amaterasu was born.
She is the goddess of the sun.
From Izanaki’s nose, Susano-O was born.
He is the god of storms.
The sun goddess, Amaterasu was told by Izanaki to rule over the land above the sky.
She worked very hard at her job.
On the other hand, her brother, Susano-O was told to rule the seas.
But he caused so much trouble that the other gods became angry and scared.
They thought Susano-O would destroy their world.
Amaterasu, his sister tried to protect him from the other gods, but Susano-O continued to make trouble.
One day, Amaterasu became so sad that she went into a cave and locked herself inside with a big rock.
Now, the world had lost the sun and became a dark, dark place.
The gods gathered together to talk.
The god of wisdom said,
“Everyone, we are going to have a festival.”
He told the gods to gather roosters.
Then, he asked the gods to cut down 500 trees and decorate them with mirrors and beautiful beads.
Now, the festival was ready to begin.
The gods placed the 500 decorated trees in front of the cave.
Then they started to sing while the strongest god waited at the blocked cave entrance.
The roosters started to call out their song and a very cheerful goddess named Amenozume started to dance.
All the gods saw this, they all laughed and clapped.
The laughter of the gods and music echoed in the dark, dark world.
Amaterasu heard this inside the cave.
“The world is now dark because I am hiding.
I thought they would be sad.
So why are they laughing?”
Amaterasu moved the rock that blocked the cave just a little to look outside.
Suddenly, a single ray of sunshine came out into the dark world.
Everyone saw this but did not say anything.
Amaterasu asked Amenozume,
“Why are the gods laughing?”
The cheerful goddess answered,
“A god more important than you is here.”
A more important god?
That is impossible.”
Amaterasu looked outside a little more.
The strongest god thought,
He took her hand and pulled her outside.
Another god put special ropes around the rock to make sure it never blocked the entrance again.
This is how the world got back its sunlight.