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  • Print publication year: 1993
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6 - Early kami worship

From prehistoric times the Japanese have revered animistic spirits and deities called kami. This chapter shows how kami beliefs and practices, while retaining their animistic core, moved from simple to complex forms. Shinto mythology is described most systematically in the age of the kami chapters of the Kojiki and Nihon shoki. The chapter explains the purpose to trace the evolution of Shinto from its origins in the magical rites of preagricultural times to the establishment of a systematic religion supporting the centralized state. The early Burial Mound period was one in which Shinto took on the basic forms that characterize it today. The connection between sacred and secular authority was further strengthened, and the stage was set for sanctioning the positions and actions of the Yamato nobility through religious means. One of the best-known myths in the chronicles is the tale of the marriage of the kami Izanagi and Izanami and how they gave birth to the islands of Japan.
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