THE BRANCHES OF KAMI

Kami are the indigenous spirits of Japan and the basis of the Shinto religion. The word kami encompass a very wide variety of spirit beings as well as a host of mysterious, mystical powers, energies and forces. <br /><br />

There is an infinite number of kami. The sacred text, the Kojiki says that there are eight million kami but this may be a symbolic number, interpreted as truly meaning innumerable. (Eight is a sacred number in Shinto cosmology.) <br /><br />

Kami animate everything in the universe: every object; thing; formation has a kami. There are kami of places, cities, villages, and neighborhoods. Look around you: if you can see something, it probably has a kami. There are elemental kami and kami of the crossroads. Because of the kami, everything in the entire universe is sacred and animated with profound potentially benevolent, mystical energy. After death, human souls may re-emerge as kami. Ancestral kami are venerated at household shrines. <br /><br />

Kami are divided into two branches: <br /><br />

 

  • Earthly kami (Kunitsukami) <br /><br />
  • Celestial kami (Amatsukami) <br /><br />

 

Kami may be used as an honorific title or classification for any sacred being and so some Taoist and Buddhist spirits, now so well integrated into Japanese spirituality, are the equivalent of honorary kami, as for example Jizo or Hotei. <br /><br />

Only six kami are honored with the title Okami (“Great Kami”). Five are celestial kami: Amaterasu; Izanagi; Izanami; Michikaeshi and Sashikuni. Only one is an Earthly kami: Sarutahiko. <br /><br />

Kami are traditionally petitioned for health, fertility, success, prosperity, academic achievement, abundance and protection. In general, domestic offerings are made to the kami early in the day, usually in the morning (although clearly this ultimately depends on individual kami and devotee). <br /><br />

Bring the kami, whose spirit is attached to this talisman, into your life if you are in need of anything of any nature. You will soon find that all of your wishes are granted, that your life will become one of profound and ceaseless blessings. You will achieve success in all areas of your life, whether at school, work, home or in your personal and professional relationships. Any health problems – whether physical, emotional or spiritual – will be healed. You will be provided with limitless supplies of all that you ask for, all that you need, all that you want. Any financial worries will be a thing of the past. Your life will be one of abundance, wealth, prosperity and good fortune. You will feel loved and protected everywhere you go, whatever you do. Happiness will be your everyday state. Divine blessings will be a regular occurrence. <br /><br />

 

THE BRANCHES OF KAMI
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