Goddess Ishikori Dome  

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ISHIKORI-DOME is the Shinto Goddess of stone-cutting. Although some sources refer to her as a God, most say that she was a Goddess. When Amaterasu, the Goddess of the sun, locked herself away in a cave in grief over her sister Wakahirume's death, the Gods commissioned Ishikori-dome to create a mirror in an attempt to lure Amaterasu out of the cave. She formed a stone mold which was then filled with copper to create the mirror known as Yata-no-kagami (eight-hand mirror), and the mirror was hung outside Amaterasu's cave. When she was lured out of the cave by the laughing of the other Gods at the antics of Ame-no-Uzume, Goddess of dance, Amaterasu saw herself in the mirror and was so distracted that the Gods had time to seal the cave so that she could not return to her self-imposed exile. The mirror itself is said to now reside in the Ise Jingu shrine, and most Shinto shrines display a mirror as a symbol of Amaterasu. Ishikori-dome's name, which means "stone-forming old woman," is also seen as ISHIKORI-DOME-NO-MIKOTO, ISHIKORI-DOME-NO-KAMI, and ISHIKORE-DOME.

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