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Kamiyo
The prehistoric age of the kami. It is also more simply used in the sense of "ancient times" or "great antiquity." In particular it refers to the age in which the kami were active, based on the myths in the Kamiyo sections of the Kojiki (Book 1) and the Nihongi (Books 1 and 2), from the time in which heaven and earth came into existence until the time of the kami Ugafukiaezu. The history of the age of the kami is not based on historical fact itself, though it can be said to reflect historical fact and reveal the spiritual life of ancient people. From the standpoint which views the Kojiki and the Nihongi as scripture, the Kamiyo section is of utmost importance, and is indispensable for understanding Shintō.

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