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General Information
The Japanese believe that the age of the kami (which had begun with the emergence of
the cosmos out of chaos) gave way to the age of human history, when Ninigi, the
grandchild of the sun kami (Amaterasu-O-mikami), descends to the lower realms and his
great-grandson, Jimmu, becomes the first emperor of a unified Japan.

Long ago, it is said that Amaterasu nearly doomed the world by running away to hide in a
cave, angered by an insult from her mischievous brother. The other kami banished her
brother from the heavens and then set about trying to lure Amaterasu to come back to
them again. One made her a mirror, another made a jewel, a third fetched a sasaki tree
and hung the gifts on them. Two of the male kami held a wrestling contest. One of the
female kami danced and sang. Another wove strips of hemp into a rope. Finally
Amaterasu emerged from the cave, and the kami stretched the rope across its mouth so
she could never return inside. Amaterasu's brother went to Japan, where he slew many
monsters and married an Izumo kami. Later, Amaterasu sent her human child, Jimmu
Tenno, to Japan. He took three gifts: a sword, a mirror, and a jewel. He found that his
mother's brother had been slain by a monster, but had left an heir, Okuni-nishi (`nation
master'). The two reached a compromise; Jimmu Tenno became emperor over the visible
world of humans, while Okuni-nushi remained master of the invisible world of ghosts
and goblins. Amaterasu's three gifts became the Sacred Regalia of the Emperor. They are
kept at the great Shrine of Ise, whose high priestess is an Imperial Princess.

Practioners of Shintoism rarely ask onological questions; they feel rather the reality of the
kami, for a direct experience of divinity and a sensitive recognition of mystery are for
them far more important than an intellectual approach to doctrinal niceties.

The word `kami', although often translated `god' or `gods', should probably be left
untranslated. It is applied to beasts, birds, and plants; to seas and mountains; to natural
phenomena; to the storm, the wind and the awe-inspiring echo which resounds through
the gorge or the grove; and to the clan ancestors or warriors:

`All...things whatsoever which deserve to be dreaded and revered for the extraordinary
and pre-eminent powers which they possess are called Kami...They need not be eminent
for surpassing nobleness, goodness, or serviceableness.'

`The Japanese people themselves do not have a clear idea regarding the Kami. They are
aware of the Kami intuitively at the depth of their consciousness and communicate with
the Kami direct without having formed the Kami-idea conceptually or theologically.
Therefore, it is impossible to make explicit and clear that which fundamentally by its
very nature is vague.'

`To say that the Kami dislike what is unclean is equivalent to saying that a person who is
impure in heart displeases the Kami....This is because the Kami embody Essential
Uprightness and Honesty, and therefore it is a Heavenly Ordinance that we should lead
an honest and happy life in harmony with the the Will of the Kami.'
`That which in Heaven is Kami, in nature is Spirit, and in man is Sincerity.'

Even though there is a Japanese word kami which means `above' or `superior', it would
seem wiser to link it etymologically with the particle ka, which is the expression of
wonder or puzzlement, evoked by the fearful or the incomprehensible. The passage of
years may have brought some refinement to the notion, but the refined and the unrefined
still co-exist.

The Japanese religion has two basic conceptions of the divine. The first is a
`superordinate entity' who dispenses `nurturance, care, and love'. This view of the divine,
however, does not make a keen distinction from the human, as it `shades off
imperceptibly into political superiors and parents, both of whom are treated as in party, at
least, sacred.' The second is the ground of being or the inner essence of reality. To this
category belong the more philosophical interpretations of kami.

Worship is a family affair and the clan is an extension of the family. This type of worship
is called ujigami. It is concerned for the communal interests of the clan. The fact that the
community derives its oneness from its relationship with the ujigami as ujiko (children of
the clan) immediately suggests that the ujigami is parent to the community and that the
petition for material needs has significance because a parent is ready to bestow bounty
upon children. The shrine of the ujigami is called uji no jinja (shrine of the clan) or in
some instances ujigami no yashiro (shrine of the clan kami).

The influence of ancestor worship means that the ujigami can be regarded as the ancestor
of the local chief or leader, or the reverse can occur- an actual ancestor can be invested
with the status of the ujigami. The former usually seems to be the case with the imperial
family, which has leadership in a particular clan. The emperor or shogun is his own priest
in his family cult, which is transferred to a particular shrine. The great families all have
their great shrines such as the Grand Shrine of Ise (Yamato clan); the Taisha Shrine of
Izumo (Izumo clan).

Shrines usually face towards the south, but occasionally the east; the west and the north,
however, are regarded as the unlucky regions. As the worshipper approaches, he or she
will pass through the torii (the gateway to the shrine, three towering red wooden artifices
which are supposed to purify the worshipper's soul; they also serve to warn of any person
defiled by blood, ilness, or mourning), and may pass through a whole cluster of torii. The
gateway is such as any house might possess, and may be made of wood, stone, and
bronze. The most ancient shrines uniformly use cypress wood. Often the natural character
of the tree is preserved. Apart from the torii the pathway may be lined with stone
lanterns, donated by worshippers, and guarding the shrine will often be found two dogs or
two lions- except in the case of the Inari shrines (dedicated to the kami of the rice-fields),
which are guarded by fox images, because the fox is regarded as the messenger of the
kami, and is also a symbol of fertility, to which end the Inari shrines are largely directed.
If the visit to the shrine is a private one, the worshipper will proceed on foot once past the
first torii, and must wash hands and mouth either at a natural spring in the shrine
compound or in a rock-hewn pool, using utensils provided by the shrine. This is to avoid
the kami. Then he or she will clap hands and bow the head in reverence while making the
petition. A petition may, however, be written on paper, and attached to one of the sacred
sakaki trees. More formal worship is ritualistic (see rituals).

Shinto worship comes to the home through the kami-dana (kami-shelf), which is the
home-shrine. It is customary for amulets from the Ise Shrine, the shrine of the ujigami, or
the shrine of the locality to be placed there. Each morning and evening offerings are
made both to the shrine tablets and ancestral tablets. After ceremonial ablutions, the
devout worshipper bows before the shrine, claps hands twice, and bows again for a
moment of silence.

Kami often use animals to carry gifts or warnings to people. These animals are usually
marked as special by their white fur. Traditional messengers include Inari's fox,
Hachiman's dove, Kompira's turtle, Ebisu's tai-fish, Daikoku's rat, Benten's serpent,
Bishamon's centipede, Fukorokujin's crane, and Jurojin's stag.

Clerical Information
Kannushi (kami master)- the shinto priests. The shamanistic tradition in Shinto is very
strong because through the intermediary the people feel that they can have rapport with
the unseen powers. Shinto priests claim to be able to win the favor of the kami by
singing, dancing, playing music, and offering sacrifices of food and sake. Shamanistic
powers are often viewed as hereditary.

Miko- female shamans or shrine attendants. They are responsible for the kagura ritual
(mystic dance).

Hijiri (holy men)- representing the unorthodox tradition of the charismatic leader, these
holy men remain outside official religious structures and seek to provide a religious life
for the common people.

Ubasoku- priests who are influenced by buddhism and with their strict discipline follow
ascetic practices (shugendo). They often pass from village to village as the local shamans.

Shugensha (the ascetic)- those believed to have attained superhuman or magical power as
a result of the merit acquired through religious austerities.

Yamabushi (mountain-climbers)- magicians of the mountains who seek `inspiration' (in
the sense of `ecstasy') on their mountain climbs.

Symbols and Treasures
There is no image representation of the kami (it is against Shinto tradition to depict the
great kami in pictures or sculptures), but simply a shintai, a symbolic representation of
the kami who may be any one of the yao-yorozu no kami (literally `eight million kami')
of whom the Kojiki and Nihongi (texts) speak.
While there are no images, symbols are abundant. The most common is the mirror, which
is linked to Amaterasu-O-Mikami: `when the mirror is dim, the soul is unclean.' It is one
of the three symbols- the others being the sword and the jewel- which she bestowed on
her grandchild when he descended to earth. Ninigi-no-mikoto was instructed to honour
and worship it as `her spirit'. As a result it has become the sacred symbol (shintai) of
many shrines- and notably of the Great Shrine of Ise.

The tide flowing and tide ebbing jewels are about the size of large balls and are used to
control the tides. The jewels of hail and lightning are used by Susano the storm god. The
imperial jewels were given to the Imperial family by Amaterasu. The imperial mirror was
also given by Amaterasu. The imperial sword was found in the tail of a dragon by Susano
and it fell into the sea during a battle. It has never been found.

Rituals
Sakaki Tree (Eurya ochnacea)- shinto rites are extremely simple, and often no special
building is required. Prayers are offered and rites performed at natural shrines, such as the
sacred sakaki tree.

Kami-possession (kami-gakari or kangakari)- the state in which the divine word is uttered
by the shaman, often manifesting itself in an ecstatic dance.

Kagura- the mystic dance which usually symbolizes the identification of the worshippers
with the kami of the shrine.

Formal worship- involves four elements: the act of purification (harai), when, in addition
to the washing, the priest will wave a branch of sakaki (or a paper equivalent) over the
worshipper's head; the offering (shinsen), which may be a cereal or drink offering, or
may be symbolic, in the form of a sakaki twig; the ritual prayer (norito); and the symbolic
feast (naorai), indicative of eating with the kami. The last involves sipping a few drops of
rice wine (the sacred miki which has first been offered up at a kind of harvest festival),
given by the priest or one of the miko. Groups of worshippers may also ask for a
performance of the shrine kagura (shrine dance), of which there are thirty-five.

Norito- ritual prayer, almost exclusively concerned with human needs. One, for example,
supplicates the kami for a successful harvest:

First of all, in your sacred field, O Sovereign Deity,
...May the latter grain harvested by them,
May the latter grain to be harvested,
With foam dripping from the elbows,
Pulled hither with mud adhering to both thighs-
May this grain be prospered by you...
In ears many hands long-
Then the first fruits in both liquor and stalks....
Okage mairi (`Going to give thanks')- rare pilgrimages to visit a local shrine or temple
festival or a larger-scale pilgrimage to a different shrine such as the Shrine of Ise.

Texts
Shinto has no scriptures, only rituals. It has no code of moral behaviour, only a code of
traditional practices.

Kojiki (The Record of Ancient Things)- the earliest record of early Japanese religion.

Nihongi (Japanese Chronicles)- a document which provides the early history of Japan and
argues that the Japanese have a divine mission upon earth.

Engishiki (Regulations of the Engi period)- incorporate the ancient Norito (Ritual
Prayers) as used by the priestly families.

Sites
Izumo province- often called the `land of the kami' as it is the centre of religion in Japan.
It houses the oldest shrine, the Taisha Shrine of Izumo.

Shrine of the Shinto supreme sun-goddess at Ise- the most sacred site in Japan. The
vestige of a tree (called the heartpost) lies beneath the shrine, which is rebuilt on the same
plan every twenty years.

Festivals
Mikoshi Procession or Dedication Festival- the portable mikoshi (the `sacred palanquin'
of the kami, a miniature bamboo model of the actual shrine, covered with gold foil) is
carried by the youth of the locality on long poles to the accompaniment of a large amount
of spontaneous merriment. The procession may recall some historic event, or may be
simply an indication that the kami is there with his people to bless them. The mikoshi
takes its own path through the neighborhood, to bless the homes and businesses of the
faithful. Householders are expected to set out offerings (which are collected by men
taking a brief rest from carrying the heavy weight).

Kami-ari-zuki (the month with the kami)- It is said that every October the kami from all
over the country assemble in Izumo province for a great meeting and to arrange
marriages.

Annual Shinto Plague Festival- held every July 17 to commemorate deliverance from
plague. A child on a horse, called a chigo, is a pageboy to the god. The role is taken by
the son of a samurai.

New Year- First month, first five days. The front door is decorated with pine and
bamboo. Gifts, feasting and visiting among relatives, firends, and business acquaintances.
A traditional time for pilgrimage to a Shinto shrine.
Setsubun- Second month, third night. The first day of Spring. Roasted peas or red beans
are scattered in homes, shops, and Shinto shrines, then swept out (while firecrackers are
thrown) to expel evil spirits and bad luck.

Rice Festival- Fifth month, first seven days. Villages celebrate the rice planting with
Shinto mikoshi processions.

Tanabata- Seventh month, seventh night. Festival celebrating the uniting of the Celestial
Herd Boy and Weaver Girl, the two stars separated by the Milky Way who can only cross
it this one day- if it does not rain. Buildings are decorated with poems written in finest
calligraphy. Poets and artists may stay up all night watching the stars.

O-Bon, Feast of Lanterns of the Dead- Seventh month, 13-15th nights. Families visit
graves and hang a lantern at the front door. On the 16th, the lanterns are taken to the
graves. Lantern ships are sent out for the drowned. That night there are Shinto mikoshi
processions.

Rice Harvest Festival- Ninth month, 15th day. This is usually combined with a Shinto
Festival dedicated to Okuni-nushi whose shrine in Izumo this month hosts all but one of
the other kami of Japan. Shinto mikoshi processions.

Ebisu Festival to the Kami of Honest Work- Ninth month, 20th day. Ebisu is too deaf to
hear Okuni-nushi's summons to Izumo. Tradesmen sell off surplus stock and entertain
regular customers.


AMATERASU-O-MIKAMI (kami of the sun)
Stats- str-25, int-25, wis-25, dex-25, con-25, ch-25
Hit Points- 400
Magic Resistance- 75%
Size- 5'
Alignment- lawful good
Worshiper's align- good
Symbol- octagonal mirror
Animal- goldfish
Color- gold
Holy Days- solstice
Sacrifices- time (semiannually); form (handicrafts); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 68th lvl cleric; 40th lvl air elementalist; 40th lvl alterationist; 30th lvl bard; 30th
lvl martial artist

One of a trinity (with Susanowo and Tsukiyomi) of the most powerful group of deities,
this human-seeming kami is the mother of her pantheon. She is the diety from which the
Imperial family of Japan is descended. People prayer to her for good weather and for the
stability of the nation. It is customary to believe that every person should make a
pilgrimage to Amaterasu's shrine at Ise at least once during a lifetime, either personally or
by proxy. Each village and town ward has an Ise fund which holds a lottery whine it has
accumulated enough money to send someone on an Ise pilrimage. Amaterasu changes the
form of creatures and things with a simple touch. Light always radiates from her and it is
said she has the powers of clairvoyance and esp.

AMA-TSU-MARA (kami of blacksmiths)
Stats- str-25, int-24, wis-23, dex-25, con-22, ch-20
Hit Points- 299
Magic resistance- 50%
Size- 6'6"
Alignment-neutral
Worshiper's align- workers of metal
Symbol- double-edged axe
Animal- badger
Color- black
Holy Days- equinox
Sacrifices- time (semiannually); form (metalwork); place (hearth)
Plane- ?
Classes- 20th lvl cleric; 24th lvl fighter; 40th lvl fire elementalist; 16th lvl bard

This massive human-appearing kami is a master blacksmith. He especially likes to make
swords and spears that fight themselves. He can create raw materials out of thin air, even
the rarest of metals. He often goes into astral or ethereal form. Ama-tsu-mara favours
blacksmiths and there is a slight chance (2%) that he will bless extremely fine weapons
that are dedicated to him. In battle, he wields a double-edged axe that is 12 feet long and
instantly slays any fire-type creature it strikes.

ATAGO (kami of fire)

Every town ward has a shrine to Atago, the people pray for protection from the frequent
city fires.

BENTEN (kami of luck and the sea, and of romantic love)

One of the seven kami of good luck. Benten is many things. She is the patroness of
literature and music, and a giver of wealth and romantic happiness. The sea is her home,
and her father is the dragon king of the sea. Benten has eight arms, two of which are
always folded in prayer. She is usually either riding or accompanied by a dragon. She
uses a white serpent for her messenger. She uses such powers as charm, water breathing,
control water, teleport, shapechange, wish, polymorph, and protection from evil.

BISHAMON (kami of luck)
One of the seven kami of good luck. Bishamon is always dressed in full armour, carrying
a spear in one hand and a miniature pagoda in the other. He uses such powers as wish,
charm, strength, magic missile, shield, polymorph, and protection from evil.

DAIKOKU (kami of wealth and luck)
Stats- str-22, int-23, wis-25, dex-24, con-25, ch-20
Hit Points- 350
Magic Resistance- 20%
Size- 5'6"
Alignment- lawful good
Worshiper's align- those wishing luck and riches
Symbol- three coins
Animal- swan
Color- yellow
Holy Days- solstice
Sacrifices- time (semiannually); form (precious metals); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 48th lvl cleric; 24th lvl fighter; 24th lvl alterationist; 24th lvl illusionist; 20th lvl
bard

One of the seven kami of good luck. This kami looks like a portly balding male with an
easy grace about him. He carries a mallet that can grant wishes. He is usually sitting on
rice bales, with his treasure slung over his shoulder in a sack. He is also known as the
patron of all farmers and in this aspect can be prayed to for weather of any type and hope
for a good harvest. The kami is noted for his good-natured outlook on all things and often
uses his powers for the benefit of his clerics and worshippers. Besides control over
weather, he also controls plants and animal life. It is said that he wanders the earth in
ethereal form, observing his worshippers. Those who sacrifice great amounts of wealth to
him at his temples will eventually be rewarded. Daikoku fights with a wooden mallet that
shrinks all that it hits. It also permanently negates magic and transports its master to
safety when in danger.

DOSOJIN (kami of roads)

Travelers pray to Dosojin for protection from danger, especially from robbers and wild
animals.

EBISU (kami of luck through hard work)
Stats- str-23, int-25, wis-25, dex-22, con-23, ch-24
Hit Points- 313
Magic Resistance- 50%
Size- 5'6"
Alignment- lawful good
Worshiper's align- those wishing luck
Symbol- white diamond
Animal- bee
Color- light green
Holy Days- spring equinox
Sacrifices- time (annually); form (precious fluids); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 60th lvl cleric; 20th lvl holy warrior; 50th lvl illusionist; 20th lvl bard

One of the seven kami of good luck. The deity appears as an elderly male, and is
occasionally found floating over the earth rewarding those who work with bountiful
harvets of foodstuffs or extra money for sale of goods. He carries a staff in battle and
those striking him will only do so for half damage. He is the patron of fishermen and
tradesmen. He usually carries a fishing rod and a sea bream. His sandals are bronze-soled
to keep them from wearing out easily. He is the patron of artisans.

FUJIN (kami of the winds)

Fujin holds a bag containing the winds across his shoulders. His skin is green and his face
has a hideous appearance.

FUKUROKUJO (kami of wisdom and of luck)

One of the seven kami of good luck. Fukurokujo has a very long and narrow head and a
very short body (actually his head is longer than is legs). He can use such powers as wish,
charm, polymorph, and protection from evil.

HACHIMAN (war kami)
Stats- str-20, int-21, wis-17, dex-25, con-25, ch-21
Hit Points- 300
Magic Resistance- 35%
Size- 6'6"
Alignment- chaotic good
Worshiper's align- warriors
Symbol- throwing dagger
Animal- bear
Color- emerald green
Holy Days- fall equinox
Sacrifices- time (annually); form (weapons); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 40th lvl ranger; 30th lvl assassin; 28th lvl martial artist

Hachiman is the son of the Empress Jingo. She conquered territory while she was
pregnant with him and her success is credited to him. He is the protector of Japan from
barbarians. He is the patron of Shogun. This kami looks like a man in his mid-thirties,
wearing a loose robe, and mounted on a horse. Hachiman has the ability to shape change;
he is immune to magical spells; and he is unaffected by illusion. He has a throwing knife
that turns into an ancient red dragon when cast in anger at an immortal. In combat he uses
a katana of sharpness. He is said to have such powers as strength, teleport, shield, and
magic missile.

HOTEI (kami of luck and contentment)

One of the seven kami of good luck. Hotei has a huge stomach. He is very good-natured
and can use such powers as wish, polymorph object, mass charm, telekinesis, and
protection from evil.

IKAZUCHI (kami of thunder)

Farmers pray to him for rain, and for protection from lightening.

INARI (rice kami)

Inari is a bearded man but he also appears as a woman and a fox. People pray to him for
worldly success. The fox is the animal symbol and messenger of the kami and his foxes
are often pictured holding jewels or strongbox keys in their mouths. Inari is the patron of
swordsmiths and traders. He has such powers as teleport, shapechange, grow plants, and
create food.

IZANAGI & IZANAMI (The Creators)

This couple gave birth to the kamis, the mountains, the land, and all the diverse kamis.

JUROJIN (kami of luck and longevity)

One of the seven kami of good luck. Jorojin is always in the company of a crane, tortoise,
or stage. He has a white beard and carries a shaku (a sacred staff on which is fastened a
scroll containing the wisdom of the world). He can counter the effects of withering, and
use such powers as wish, time stop, charm, and protection from evil.

KISHIJOTEN (kami of luck)
Stats- str-15, int-25, wis-25, dex-20, con-24, ch-25
Hit Points- 311
Magic Resistance- 100%
Size- 5'
Alignment- neutral good
Worshiper's align- those wishing luck
Symbol- white diamond
Animal- dove
Color- white
Holy Days- solstice
Sacrifices- time (semiannually); form (written wishes); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 50th lvl cleric; 40th lvl illusionist; 40th lvl alterationist; 30th lvl bard
The kami always appears as a human in any situation where she aids in a struggle. At will
she shape changes. She can also summon creatures to her presence, and her favourite
subject of this power is the dragon. She never physically takes part in battle, but observes
and gives special luck to those she favours. This luck usually comes in the form of the
subject never missing. She also occasionally (2%) favours being that take unusual
chances.

KOMPIRA (kami of seafarers)

Kompira is the nushi of a high mountain. Sailors and seafarers pray to him at sea to keep
their ships as steady as his own peak.

KOSENSEI (the sage with a toad)

This sage lived a long life and could turn himself into a reptile. He is completely hairless
with warts on his skin.

OKUNI-NUSHI (ruler of the invisible world of spirits, patron of heroes, `the Great Land
Master')
Stats- str-20, int-20, wis-10, dex-20, con-20, ch-20
Hit Points- 200
Magic Resistance- 20%
Size- 20%
Alignment- chaotic good
Worshiper's align- good
Symbol- red katana
Animal- tiger
Color- scarlet
Holy Days- n/a
Sacrifices- time (any); form (used weapons); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 36th lvl fighter; 20th lvl marital artist; 20th lvl bard

This is Amaterasu's nephew and the son-in-law of Susano. People pray to him for good
harvests and for protection from ghosts. All the kami of Japan gather in his shrine during
the tenth month to pay homage to him and arrange the next year's marriages. He rules
Izumo peninsula ans has Susano's sword, bow, and arrows, and koto (harp). This kami
always appears human and in his aspect as Land Master he is able to converse with all
natural creatures, heal them, and make them grow young or old at will. The very ground
speaks to him and tells him who has passed or what is hidden underneath. He wields a
great red katana and encourages his worshippers to seek heroic quests.

RAIDEN (kami of thunder and patron of fletchers)
Stats- str-24, int-22, wis-19, dex-24, con-24, ch-19
Hit Points- 337
Magic Resistance- 80%
Size- 7'
Alignment- neutral
Worshiper's align- all
Symbol- blacked spiked mace with crossed lightning bolt
Animal- goose
Color- amber
Holy Days- solstice
Sacrifices- time (semiannually); form (gems); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 30th lvl cleric; 26th lvl fighter; 30th lvl fire elementalist; 30th lvl alterationist

Raiden has dark, roughened, scaled skin with hands that end in talons. He has a beard,
pointed eyebrows and ears, heavily muscled arms and legs, and a large round belly. He
can shape change and cast lightning bolts as far as he can see. He creates all types of
weather. On rare occasions he will aid mortals in their endeavors. In battle Raiden uses a
jet black mace that disenchants anything it strikes. He wears black splint mail and carries
a shield . When Raiden battles, a wind storm always rages around him that does not allow
missile weapons of any type to touch him. The kami also has a shadowy aura about his
body that negates spells. Besides his mace, Raiden also uses a set of drums that cause
panic. In his aspect as patron of fletchers, the kami is known to grant his worshippers the
ability to make 10 arrows of slaying mortals in his/her lifetime.

RYUJIN (The Dragon King of the Sea)

The Dragon King of the Sea is a manlike creature that wears a crown in the shape of a
serpent. He has the aspect of an old man with long whiskers. His palace is at the bottom
of the Sea. He is known to have rewarded mortals that have done him a service with
supernatural gifts, such as a bag of rice which replenishes whatever is taken from it. He is
known to be a shapechanger and to have great powers over water.

SHOKI (the demon queller)

SUKA-NA-BIKO (Momotaro, `small-renown man')

Momotaro is dwarvish in size and wears moth wings and tiny feathers. He can cure
diseases, for he is versed in medical lore. He often appears to lead people to hot springs.
He can also cure wounds and purify food and water.

SUSANO (storm kami and lord of the seas)
Stats- str- 25, int-24, wis-20, dex-25, con-25, ch-22
Hit Points- 400
Magic Resistance- 30%
Size- 6'6"
Alignment- chaotic neutral
Worshiper's align- good
Symbol- katana
Animal- whale
Color- sea green
Holy Days- full moon
Sacrifices- time (monthly); form (jade); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 40th lvl cleric; 26th lvl ranger; 40th lvl wujen

A large bearded male with long flowing black hair, this kami can often be found riding a
thunder cloud. He casts lightning bolts and shape changes. He summons water elementals
to do his bidding and he is known to take away the power of flight from those he is
unhappy with. He wears yellow splint mail that emits a blast of heat once per round. He
uses a yellow katana. While in the water, he is 100% magic resistant. Susano is also
associated with forests. He is said to be very courageous and cunning. He has two jewels-
one produces hail and the other lightning.

SUITENGU (kami of the sea)

Suitengu has a shrine in every port where sailors and merchants pray for calm seas.

TENJIN (kami of calligraphy)

Tenjin is a great scholar, a kami of great physical courage, and a kami who appreciates
plant life. There are shrines to him throughout the nation, usually surrounded by groves
of plum trees in memory.

TSUKIYOMI-NO-MIKOTO (moon kami)
Stats- str-25, int-23, wis-23, dex-25, con-25, ch-25
Hit Points- 400
Magic Resistance- 30%
Size- 7'
Alignment- neutral good
Worshiper's align- good
Symbol- white disk
Animal- nightingale
Color- light blue
Holy Days- new moon
Sacrifices- time (monthly); form (ivory); place (temple)
Plane- ?
Classes- 40th lvl cleric; 24th lvl ranger; 60th lvl wujen; 30th lvl ninja; 20th lvl bard

The moon kami is the brother of Ameterasu. Though he is her brother, he does not play a
large part in the myths of Japan, and thus he is not well known by name. This kami has
light blue skin, but otherwise appears to be a massively built human male. He can shape
change and summon flying creatures. He has the ability to summon any object he sees.
He uses a pike in battle that cannot be broken. This weapon gives the wielder immunity
to poison, petrification, and magic jar.

UKE-MOCHI (kami of food)

This kami produces all kinds of foods by opening her mouth and letting the food fall out.

UMI-BOZO (sea priest)

A giant, ghostly sea priest, who rises from the depths of the seas to frighten travelers.

UZUME (kami of mirth)

YAMA-UBA (female mountain spirits)

				
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