Kami

Sep 2009
90
NC United States
Does anyone know where a good database is on the Shinto religion? maybe a list of the different Kami's? Also maybe a favorite?
 

okamido

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Jun 2009
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okamido

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Jun 2009
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land of Califia
Hachiman is a god, where the kami are spirits more akin to fairies, trolls, and things like that. I think that the closest interpretation for us is probably angels however.

I am adding on here, so let me clarify myself:

They are are actually Kami but there are different degrees. Where Hachiman and Ameterasu would be considered actual dieties over say, a common tree kami, they are in fact still kami themselves.

I double checked under another name and still didn't see him yet they referenced Ameterasu. I will check some books I have and see if there is a possible alternate name that I am not aware of.
 

okamido

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Jun 2009
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In my copy of Japanese Gods and Myths, it states that Hachiman, while orinally Shinto, developed into a Buddhist-Shinto combination when he became the Defender of the Dharma.

I typed his name into the search engine on the link I gave you and some info popped up regarding the syncretistic nature of Hachiman as well. But checking their own page on those type of dieties I couldn't locate him anywhere. He is on the site somewhere otherwise that would be a glaring discrepency on this subject. Apologies.

Stu
 
Sep 2009
90
NC United States
Oh no problem, i was just curious, cause i like the military history alot and he ws considered the god of war to them, thanks for the input.
 

Isoroku295

Ad Honorem
Jan 2009
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In the Past
ya, I wouldn't mind reading up on other religions. It's easoer to evangelise when the other person knows he/she doesn't have to explain every detail of his/her religion to you lol
 

okamido

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Jun 2009
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Shinto has an amazing group of dieties and spirits. It is fun when people around the world still practice polytheistic religions such as hindu and shinto.