The common factor in all these different expressions was the belief in a tremendous, Transcendent Power that was in the background of this phenomenal world. Even the highest earthly authority, such as the Tenno, considered as a descendant of the kami, cannot evade such a universal authority, and going against it would result in loss of power or even death.
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Originally published in the journal Inter-Religio, by the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture. Republished here with thanks to Prof. Sato.