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Spirits of the Gods



主な危険度:  極低

Usual threat level: Extremely Low

遭遇頻度:   極低

Frequency of encounters: Extremely Low

多様性:    不明

Variety: Unknown

主な遭遇場所: 神社

Main place of encounters: Shrines

主な遭遇時間: 不明

Main time of encounters: Unknown




Among the dead, those who are revered as gods are called shinrei.[1] There are those who lived as gods, and also those who, after death, ascended to godhood.


Having no connection to the 8 million gods, here there are no memorial services for the dead, and nothing like death, one will simply extinguish as is.


Shinrei, not possessing a body, usually live in a Shinto shrine or in a smaller shrine, and only during festivals will emerge to ride and have a good time on a portable Shinto shrine, seeing humans in this state will reassure them.


The powers of the shinrei are the powers of faith, if there are many faithful then it will become the case that with regard to humans or youkai, the shinrei will have considerable powers of influence, and the Shinto shrine will also become greater. (*13)


Conversely, when faith decreases, their powers of influence will become insignificant, and their Shinto shrine will begin to decline.


Basically this is relying on the actions of others.[2]


Shrine Maidens


There is a considerable lack of spirits in a Shinto shrine, revealing their forms to the public is something that mostly never happens.


Words are spoken so faintly that ordinary humans can't catch them.


For this reason, and having heard of this, those who carry the duty of facilitating communication are shrine maidens.


Shrine maidens can, utilizing peculiar methods(*14), hear the words of the shinrei and communicate this to the people.


Shinto Shrine


Shinto shrines are not constructed by shinrei, but rather by humans.


If actual existing shinrei are enshrined, then shinrei will spontaneously take lodging.


However, from here on in, there is a problem.


Simply because and even though this is a place of the shinrei, the Shinto shrine looks no different from any ordinary building.


There are those who will come to worship at this Shinto shrine, from whom a plentiful amount of faith will be acquired for the first time by the shinrei.


As the number of visiting worshippers increases, expansions and renovations to to the Shinto shrine become an important matter, and a great amount of money will become necessary.


In other words, the goal of a Shinto shrine is to expend all acquired monetary offerings from visiting worshippers.

*13 お賽銭が増えるから。

13: Because monetary offerings will increase.

*14 踊りとかお酒とか、お酒呑んで踊ったりとか色々。

14: Such as dancing, drinking alcohol, dancing alcoholics, and various other methods.

^  "神霊" - Romanized: "Shinrei", Meaning: "Divine Spirit". Composed of the words "神" (God) and "霊" (Soul or Spirit).
^  他力本願 orginally means "salvation by faith in Amida", but has now gained the meanining "to entrust one's hope onto the action of others", or to rely on others.

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