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The term denotes the functional working of a spirit. Nigimitama refers to the peaceful and calming aspect of a spirit, whereas aramitama refers to its harsh and raging aspect. A spirit appears first as an aramitama but is transformed into a nigimitama by pacification and worship. Aramitama and nigimitama came to be understood as alternative aspects of the same spirit. However, there are cases in which an aramitama and a nigimitama, though considered a pair, are enshrined separately.
See also Aramitama , Ichirei shikon

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