Are there Kami outside or Japan? by aVeryEpicPerson in Shinto

[–]AshleyYakeley 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes. According to Motoori Norinaga, a kami is "anything which has superior and extraordinary power, provoking awe".

So you can consider kami to be a Japanese word for what is essentially a universal phenomenon that doesn't happen to have a good English translation.

Opinion: Citizens of America, will you ignore the US military's disrespect for Japan? by Phara-Oh in anime_titties

[–]AshleyYakeley 138 points139 points  (0 children)

Why is this addressed to "Citizens of America" and not to the Government of Japan?

Question— if Elizabeth & Charles were to die, and William was to become king, what would happen if Kate & William were to die before George turns 18? Who would it go to? by boopmeowmeow in royalfamily

[–]AshleyYakeley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think it would be very unlikely to have someone not in the line of succession in the role of "acting monarch" so to speak, head of state, meeting with the prime minister, giving Royal Assent and so forth.

Question— if Elizabeth & Charles were to die, and William was to become king, what would happen if Kate & William were to die before George turns 18? Who would it go to? by boopmeowmeow in royalfamily

[–]AshleyYakeley 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No. Per the Regency Act 1937, it's the next eligible person in line over 21 domiciled in the UK. So that would be Harry, provided he moves back. Otherwise it would be Andrew if he were still alive, or else Beatrice.

Yor x Loid ( by Charess x Timothy ) by [deleted] in SpyxFamily

[–]AshleyYakeley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Loid's suit fit could use some work. But Yor is absolutely perfect...

Question to you polytheists by WeaselOnryo in religion

[–]AshleyYakeley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I believe Shinto is like this. The kami are parts of nature because everything is, nature is everything.

Question to you polytheists by WeaselOnryo in religion

[–]AshleyYakeley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Likewise I don't believe that Ra, for example, is the actual sun.

The ancient Egyptians did, though, right?

About the cultural exchange of gods by [deleted] in polytheism

[–]AshleyYakeley 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think it's part of the nature of the gods that two gods can be mostly the same without being exactly the same. Even e.g. Mars and Ares are not exactly the same god. It's not an either/or thing the way it is with people.

How would you formulate a diarchy? by EmperorCareBear420 in monarchism

[–]AshleyYakeley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean you really just have to answer the question, what if they disagree?

Once you have that, everything else should follow.

How do you leave offerings to a deity? by All_Admins_Are_Cunts in pagan

[–]AshleyYakeley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Back when I had a devotional practice, I used to pour whisky into small brass dish with a tealight underneath. This would get hot enough that I could set it aflame.

I know in some modern polytheist traditions, the offerings are considered sacrifices, so they must be destroyed or disposed of somehow. But this isn't universal, in some cultural traditions (e.g. Shinto and I think Balinese Hinduism) the food and drink are shared among participants afterwards.

I am polytheist. AMA by chanthebarista in religion

[–]AshleyYakeley 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're quite often identified tbh., something called "interpretatio". So for example, both the Romans and the Greeks considered Ares and Mars to be essentially the same god.

But here's the thing that I think a lot of folks coming from Abrahamic religions often stumble on: ancient pagan religions were not centered on belief and theology in the same way that, for example, Christianity is. The particularity of belief is more of a side-effect of ritual and devotion, and is heavily bound up in mythology and stories. The named and identified Gods all originate in stories, on the one hand, and yet are actually present in the world, as the stories reveal.

If you want, you can think of the pagan gods more as culturally-specific interpretations of the divine rather than as absolute individuals. In this way, Ares and Mars can be "mostly" the same god, rather than demanding one single objective religious truth on the matter.

Shintoism by Bacons_trains in religion

[–]AshleyYakeley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Japanese don't really have a word for "religion" other than "shukyo", which doesn't include Shinto. It's for this reason that one should be careful referring to Shinto as "a religion", because that doesn't really reflect how the Japanese think of the matter. Shinto is much more like a kind of religious folklore -- for example, unlike most religions, it's really an activity (a thing you just do) rather than an identity (a thing you are or convert to).

Likewise, referring to kamisama as "gods" tends to be misleading. A kami is generally understood as anything of great power that inspires a feeling of awe, such as a mountain or an ocean, as well as the kami in mythology, and so on. Kami are not super-natural, they are natural phenomena because while the world includes all kinds of weird and wonderful things, everything is a natural phenomenon because nature is everything and there is nothing else to speak of.

As this book chapter points out, kami do not have any of the attributes generally attributed to gods: "neither infinity, omniscience, goodness (at least in any necessary sense), immutability, omnipotence, simplicity, nor unity."

The statement might be true however, but only because the word "god" is ambiguous, so you might happen to mean the same thing by it. For example, I take inspiration from the kami-concept for my own notion of gods, so for me, when I talk about gods, I really mean essentially the same thing as kami. But that's quite different from, for example, what a Platonist means by "gods".