Shinto: Kami

Shinto: Kami

As we all know Shinto or ""the way of the Kami"" is the name of the formal state religion of Japan that was first used in the 6th century C.E., although the roots of the religion go back to at least the 6th century B.C.E. Shinto has no founder, no official sacred texts, and no formalized system of doctrine. Shinto has been formative in developing uniquely Japanese attitudes and sensitivities, creating a distinct Japanese consciousness.Belief in kami, sacred or divine beings, although also understood to be spiritual essences and it is one of the foundations of Shinto. Shinto understands that the kami not only exist as spiritual beings, but also in nature, they are within mountains, trees, rivers, and even geographical regions.

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