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Home » 7. Concepts and Doctrines » Basic Terms
Kanjō
Transferring the divided spirit of the kami to another shrine. The transferred kami is then called kanjōjin. Originally a Buddhist term referring to seeking the Buddha's teachings and an invocation to the buddhas in this world to eternally bring salvation to living beings. In Japan it was used in the sense of summoning up buddhas, kami, and kami who are temporary manifestations of buddhas (suijakujin) and seeking their revelations. In his Shintō denju, Hayashi Razan said that kami appear freely in the places to which they have been transferred. However, as may be expected, if one transfers the spirit of a kami who should not be worshipped it might rebel, leading to misfortune. Thus, he argues that not just any kami should be transferred.

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