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カテゴリー1 7. Concepts and Doctrines
カテゴリー2 Basic Terms
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Text Also written with characters such as 随神、神随、神在随、随在天神、乍神、神長柄、神奈我良、and 可牟奈我良. Nagara, made up of the particle na and gara, "true character," is a word expressing dignity. Kannagara has been interpreted in various ways, such as "kami just as they are," "as a kami," "because of being a kami," and "the kami's will, just as it is." Further, the expression kannagara no ōmichi (the way in accordance with the will of the kami), signifying Shinto itself, was frequently used after the beginning of the Meiji era (1868). The term has attracted a great deal of commentary regarding its meaning, pronunciation and significance since the Edo period and there is no one established theory.
— Fukui Yoshihiko
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