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kami

/ˈkɑːmɪ/
noun (pl) -mi
1.
a divine being or spiritual force in Shinto
Word Origin
C18: from Japanese: god, lord
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  • But she was paid some amount and left in charge of a kami boy.
Word Origin and History for kami

Japanese for "superior, lord," a title given to governors, also used of deities; the word chosen by Japanese converts and Protestant missionaries to refer to the Christian god.

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Encyclopedia Article for kami

object of worship in Shinto and other indigenous religions of Japan. The term kami is often translated as "god," "lord," or "deity"; but it also includes other forces of nature, both good and evil, which, because of their superiority or divinity, become objects of reverence and respect. The sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami and other creator spirits, illustrious ancestors, and both animate and inanimate things, such as plants, rocks, birds, beasts, and fish, may all be treated as kami. In early Shinto, the heavenly kami (amatsukami) were considered more noble than the earthly kami (kunitsukami), but in modern Shinto this distinction is no longer made. Kami are manifested in, or take residence in, a symbolic object such as a mirror (see shintai), in which form they are usually worshiped in Shinto shrines. Shinto myths speak of the "800 myriads of kami" to express the infinite number of potential kami, and new ones continue to be recognized.

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