sun goddess

noun, often capitalized S&G

Definition of sun goddess

: a goddess that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

Examples of sun goddess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Legend, myth, history and war run deep — the sun goddess was said to have taken refuge in a cave for a time in Miyazaki, along the island’s east coast, until a bawdy dance lured her out. Washington Post, "On Japan’s Kyushu Island, an untouristed gem," 31 Jan. 2020 Some experts believe the emperor uses it to sleep with the sun goddess to gain divinity. Washington Post, "Japan emperor’s harvest rite is his 1st communion with gods," 14 Nov. 2019 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan’s emperors. Washington Post, "Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne," 22 Oct. 2019 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan's emperors. NBC News, "Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne," 22 Oct. 2019 In one theory, the emperor sleeps with Shinto gods from the past, including the sun goddess Amaterasu. NBC News, "Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne," 22 Oct. 2019 The video link marks an improvement from April, when Emperor Akihito announced his abdication to the sun goddess, from whom he is supposed to be descended, in a ritual observed only by his son, Shinto priests and chamberlains. The Economist, "Japan’s emperor is a prisoner in his own palaces," 17 Oct. 2019 By their account, the emperor is descended directly from the sun goddess (even if the post-war order stripped him of his divinity). The Economist, "Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Japan ponders what it means to be Japanese," 27 July 2019 Scholars speculate that Jimmu, a descendant of the sun goddess, represents how Yayoi culture, Japan’s first rice farmers, spread in the Yamato region. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Learn about the history—and future—of the Japanese monarchy," 29 Apr. 2019

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Sun goddess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun%20goddess. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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