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  • in Shinto, yorishiro, such as sacred trees, attract spirits, give them a physical space to occupy and make them accessible to people for religious ceremonies?

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Question 1: Kami (?) is the Japanese word for the spirits, natural forces, or essence in the ________ faith.
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Question 2: Shinto began as the various ancient ________ traditional spirituality of Japan, and only became an institutionalized spirituality much later as a result of efforts to separate out influences of other religions brought into Japan from abroad.

Question 3: Worshippers in ancient Japan revered creations of nature which exhibited a particular beauty and power such as waterfalls, mountains, boulders, animals, trees, grasses and even ________ paddies.

Question 4: Following the discovery of the Jōdai Tokushu Kanazukai it is now known that the medieval word kami (上) meaning "above" is a false cognate with the modern kami (神), and the ________ of "heavenly beings" is therefore incorrect.
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Question 5: In some instances, such as Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto, kami are personified deities, similar to the gods of ancient Greece or ________.

Question 6: Kami are the central objects of worship for the ________ faith.
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Question 7: Kami's wide variety of usage can be compared to the Sanskrit Deva and the Hebrew ________, which also refer to God, gods, angels and spirits.

Question 8: Some of the objects or phenomena designated as kami are qualities of growth, fertility, and production; natural phenomena like wind and thunder; natural objects like the sun, mountains, rivers, trees, and rocks; some ________; and ancestral spirits.

Question 9: Included within the designation of ancestral spirits are spirits of the ancestors of the ________, but also ancestors of noble families as well as the spirits of the ancestors of all people.
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Question 10: In other cases, such as those concerning the phenomenon of natural emination, the ________ dwelling in trees, or forces of nature, translating "kami" exclusively as "god" or "deity" would be a gross mischaracterization.

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