Relationships among Japanese Deities

Even a single shrine has many deities, and people make requests to each of them. Some people have several amulets.


Don’t the Shinto Deities fight with each other?

Japanese Deities do not fight. There is no hierarchy.

In Japan, there is a word “Yaoyorozuno-Kami”. In Chinese characters, it is written as “eight million gods,” but it does not mean eight million.

“Yao” means extremely numerous, and “Yorozu” means various. “Yao-yorozu-no-Kami” means a great variety of deities. Each god is thought to have different abilities, different benefits, and different ways of protecting us. There is no hierarchy among the gods, and there is no omniscient and omnipotent god.

Amaterasu Omikami “, the deity with the strongest image, is the founder of the Emperor family. It is not the one and only, the strongest, or the highest, but the most precious Deity.

Therefore, even if people receive various Ofuda and amulets(Omamori) at several shrines, Shinto Deities will not fight with each other and there will be no adverse effect on their blessings.

This is Japanese Shinto.

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