Shinto And Some of its Gods. By Ami of Edo/Nagasaki. Basics of Shinto . MENU!. Kami/Gods. What is Shinto??. Shinto is the native religion of Japan. Shinto celebrates life and focuses on Kami. It teaches that there is a spirit in everything.
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And Some of its Gods
By Ami of Edo/Nagasaki
Shinto is the native religion of Japan. Shinto celebrates life and focuses on Kami. It teaches that there is a spirit in everything.
Followers of the Shinto religion visit shrines to pray. Shrines are dedicated to either one specific god or to various Kami. (For more on Kami, go to the “Kami” section.) Shrines are visited during a happy, community event such as births, weddings, planting, and building. Rituals are done to appease possibly dangerous gods such as the god of war, Hachiman.
I found the names of a few Kami. They are grouped in alphabetical order below.
Types of Gods
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Kami are spirits found in water, rocks, trees, and other natural things that have an aura around them.
Kami is in all things that have divinity in them: ghosts of ancestors, living humans, particular regions/villages, animals, plants, landscape, and more. Every rock, animal, spring, emotion, quality, and person has a kami associated with them.
These are some types of Kami.
Ujigami: clan/village gods. They are responsible for a specific community, and they are sometimes the ancestors of the founders of the village.
Kami: spirits found in water, rocks, trees, and other natural things that have an aura around them.
Earth elements: sun, wind, rivers. The sun goddess is Amaterasu Omikami.
Powerful forces: war, health, agriculture. The god of agriculture is Inari-sama.
Foxes, rabbits, racoons, and cats
Human feelings: anger, jealousy, mirth, and other strong emotions.
The Seven Gods of Luck were taken from Chinese Taoism.
-Benten: goddess of music, arts, beauty, and fertility.
-Hotei: the fat, laughing, god of happiness
-Jurojin: god of longevity
-Fukurokujin: the dwarf god of wisdom
-Bishamon: armor-clad god of religious zeal
-Daitoku: the generous god of wealth
-Ebisu: god of honest labor
Aji-suki-taka-hi-kone: kami of thunder
Amaterasu: female sun kami
Amatsu Mikaboshi: male kami of evil
Chimata-no-kami: kami of crossroads, highways, and footpaths.
Fuji: female kami of Mt. Fuji
Fujin: wind kami
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Hachiman: war kami
Ho-masubi: fire kami
Ihu-naga: rock princess
Inari: rice kami
Izanagi: male kami of the Shinto creation myth
Izanami: female kami of the Shinto creation myth
Jimmu Tenno: the first emperor
Jingo kogo: a female kami
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Kawa-no-kami: male kami of rivers
Kishijoten: luck kami
Nai-no-kami: kami of earthquakes
Oho-yama: father mountain
Raiden: thunder kami
Ryujin: dragon king of the sea
Sengen-sama: female kami of Mt. Fuji
Shine-tsu-hiko: wind and air kami
Shina-to-be: wife of Shine-tsu-hiko
Susano: male storm kami
Tsuki-yomi: moon kami
Uke-mochi: female kami involving food and crops
Uzume: kami of mirth, fertility, and dance
Zocho: south guardian who keeps the world safe from demon attacks