- Nihongo: god.
In Shintō the kami are the divine forces of nature, as represented in places such as waterfalls, mountains, boulders, animals, trees, grasses rice paddies that display a particular beauty. The spirits resident in these places are worthy of veneration.
The most powerful kami, the amutsu-kami (heavenly deities) and kunitsu-kami (gods of the earthly realm) have two souls:
- The gentle nigimi-tama.
- The aggressive arami-tama.
These gods behave according to which soul controls them at any one time, reflecting the beneficient and destructive powers of nature.
The concept of kami has been adopted into the Oroist faith.