The word “Shinto” is made up of two Chinese characters, “shen” and “tao,” used to express the Japanese phrase “Kami no michi,” or “the way of the Kami.” Shinto is a religious way of maintaining ongoing, favorable relationships with the Kami. “Kami” cannot be translated, though the term is close to “deity” or “spirit.” Kami refers to the innumerable sacred and natural forces that have shaped the world and continue to influence everyday life.  Elements of contemporary Shinto can be traced...
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-: Sannô (Mountain King)

-: Shishi-Komainu (Lion-Dogs)

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