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Kannarau
To learn from the behavior of the kami. The term appears in the Kojiki : "My reign is according to the kami." It has been interpreted as being synonymous with kannagara but it is a more functional expression of its spirit. In meaning it is close to "in conformity with the ancient Way" as it appears at the beginning of the chronicle of Kōgyoku in the Nihongi. Hirata Atsutane deepened its meaning by extrapolating from the acts and deeds of the kami a new standard, an alternative to the moral injunctions of Confucianism, which he dismissed as Chinese (karagokoro) in origin. He developed a working theory that went as far as to praise this new practice as hito no michi, or the way of the people.

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