Perna Studios is very excited to announce our tenth trading card set entitled Classic Mythology III: Goddesses (release date Summer of 2018). This set will focus on Goddesses from timeless Classic Mythologies that we have all come to love and enjoy during our lifetime. The mythologies spotlighted in this set are Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Celtic, Native American, Japanese and African.
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This awesome sketch art card of Amano-Uzume from Japanese Mythology is drawn by the very talented artist Juri H. Chinchilla for our Classic Mythology III trading card set.
Amano-Uzume (Ama-no-Uzume-no-mikoto) is the goddess of dawn, mirth and revelry in the Shinto religion of Japan, and the wife of fellow-god Sarutahiko Ōkami. She famously relates to the tale of the missing sun deity, Amaterasu Omikami. Amaterasu's brother, the storm god Susano, had vandalized her sacred buildings and brutally killed one of her maidens due to a quarrel between them. In turn, Amaterasu became terrified of his wrath and retreated into the Heavenly Rock Cave, Amano-Iwato. The world, without the illumination of the sun, became dark and the gods could not lure Amaterasu out of her hiding place. The clever Uzume overturned a tub near the cave entrance and began a dance on it, tearing off her clothing in front of the other deities. They considered this so comical that they laughed heartily at the sight. Amaterasu heard them, and peered out to see what all the fuss was about. When she opened the cave, she saw her glorious reflection in a mirror which Uzume had placed on a tree, and slowly emerged from her hiding spot. At that moment, the god Ame-no-Tajikarawo dashed forth and closed the cave behind her, refusing to budge so that she could no longer retreat. Another god tied a magic shirukume rope across the entrance. The deities Ame-no-Koyaneo and Ame-no-Futodamao then asked Amaterasu to rejoin the divine. She agreed, and light was restored to the earth. Ama-no-Uzume is still worshiped today as a Shinto kami, spirits indigenous to Japan. She is also known as Ama-no-Uzume, The Great Persuader, and The Heavenly Alarming Female.
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