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The sublime virtue that comes from the actions of kami. As it says in the opening phrase of Goseibai shikimoku (1232): "The sublimity of kami is enhanced by the people's reverence;" due to people's belief and worship, the benefits from the kami can be called forth. In popular usage, shintoku means divine blessings which, in response to believers' prayers, bring about specific benefits or results, such as good business, traffic safety, academic achievement, an easy childbirth, and so on. Beneficent deeds of a particular kami are based in the classics, but they may change and vary depending on the specific era and context of worship, or according to a particular worshipper's understanding of the deity.

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