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Kannagara
Also written with characters such as ߿ŷĹɡand ̶. 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 kamis will, just as it is." Further, the expression kannagara no ōmichi (the way in accordance with the will of the kami), signifying Shintō itself, was frequently used after the beginning of the Meiji period (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.

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