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Shinto

Beliefs

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Ultimate reality in Shinto includes the chaos from which the kami emerged, but the focus of the ultimate in relationship to humanity is earth. Certain kami gave birth to the earthly realm and everything in it. Kami can occupy natural objects such as mountains, rivers, or trees. They can also occupy sacred areas and, more rarely, human beings.

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