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Shinto (or kami no michi, "way of the kami," or gods)
is a prehistoric "religious" tradition indigenous to Japan. Amaterasu
Omikami is the chief kami of Shinto the faith indiginous to Japan since
c500 BCE. Kami are divine spirit, ancestral spirits, or the animistic spirits
of elements and objects. There are no absolutes in Shinto. There
is no absolute right and wrong, and nobody is perfect.
Shinto recognizes no all-powerful deity and is a diverse
set of traditional rituals and ceremonies, rather than
a system of dogmatic beliefs or ethics. It has no code of conduct,
except concepts such as loyalty, family, reverence for
nature, and cleanliness, are very important.
This Tomoe means circular, and refers to the motion of earth. It is similar
in meaning to yin yang, representing the play of forces
in the cosmos. It has three flames, but others have one, two or four;
this Mitsu Tomoe represents the threefold division of
shinto cosmology, earth, heavens, and humankind.
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