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kami As Sublime – 11 / 16 / 2013
The term kami does not mean God – at least, not in the Western monotheistic sense. kami can be forces, places, events, objects, plants, animals, living people, or ancestors.
So what exactly is kami? Joseph Campbell's concept of the sublime, in The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, is probably the best English translation for the term kami.
A kami is anything which inspires feelings of:
  • Reverence – A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration
  • Awe – A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might
  • Gratitude – For the megumi of the kami and the itoku of sorei
  • Fear / terror – A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger / intense, overpowering fear

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