How Many Gods Does Japan Have

We are the divine spirits or gods recognized in Shinto, the native religion of Japan. There are eight million kami-a number that, in traditional Japanese culture, can be considered synonymous with infinity. Throughout the islands of Japan, you'll encounter these deities at shrines, monuments and in popular culture time and again. These are our seven of the most prominent Shinto. Amaterasu, or Amaterasu-omikami, is the goddess of the sun, the universe and the High Celestial Plain from which all we descend. She is a major us and a central figure in Shinto. According to legend, the Emperors of Japan are descended from Amaterasu, and this was once used as justification for their reign. Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi, born from her father Izanagi's left eye. Izanami and Izanagi are central to the Shinto creation myth. Legend has it that this god and goddess stirred the seas with a spear, and the mud which dripped from the tip became the first island of Japan. The other islands were just some of the couple's hundreds of offspring, most of which would become the various we recognized by the Shinto belief system. Inari is the Shinto god of industry, prosperity, finance, and agriculture. With over 40,000 shrines, or one-third of the total number of shrines in Japan, dedicated to Inari, it's safe to say that this we are one of the most important and respected of all the Shinto deities.

Hachiman is the god of war and military arts, helping to guide warriors on their way to mastery.

It's believed that Inari was fond of foxes and used them as messengers. As a result, it's common to see fox statues around shrines dedicated to Inari-okami. The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is dedicated to this god. Hachiman is the god of war and military arts, helping to guide warriors on their way to mastery. The belief is that he is also the protector of Japan, as legend has it that it was Hachiman who sent the kamikaze or divine wind that destroyed the Mongol fleets of Kublai Khan in the 13th century, saving the country from invasion. Hachiman has about 25,000 shrines dedicated to him throughout Japan. Only Inari has more. Tenjin is the us of education, literature, and scholarship. He was once an ordinary human named Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and a poet who lived during the 8th century. Michizane was a high-ranking member of the Heian Court but made enemies of the Fujiwara Clan, and they eventually succeeded in having him exiled from court. When several of Michizane's enemies and rivals began to die one by one in the years after his death, rumors began to swirl that it was the disgraced scholar acting from beyond the grave. Michizane was eventually enshrined and deified in an effort to appease his restless spirit and was given the name Tenjin (god of the sky) to mark the transition. Students hoping for a helping hand on exams often visit Tenjin's shrines. Raijin is the kami of thunder and lightning, and Fujin is the kami of wind. Together, they are the gods of storms and weather. They can often be found guarding the entrances to shrines, and worshippers must pass by their watchful gaze before entering. Raijin's three fingers on each hand represent the past, present, and future, while Fujin's four fingers represent the four cardinal directions. Benzaiten is a Shinto we borrowed from Buddhist belief and one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan. She is based on the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Benzaiten is the goddess of things that flow, including music, water, knowledge, and emotion-especially love. As a result, her shrines have become popular places for couples to visit, and her three Enoshima shrines are filled with couples ringing the love bells for good luck or hanging pink ema (wishing plaques) together.

Moon Breathing (月 (つき) (こ) (きゅう), Tsuki no kokyū?) is a Breathing Style derived from the Sun Breathing used by Upper Rank One, Kokushibō, who was one of the first Demon Slayers who utilized breathing techniques. The techique allows the user to create many "chaotic blades" when slashing that varies in length and size. It is known that Kokushibō continued to develop and add techniques to the Breathing Style over the centuries as an immortal Demon. At this point in the story, it is the only known Breathing Style to possess at least 20 different techniques, easily surpassing the other Breathing Styles. It has been revealed that, like all of the other original breathing styles, the Moon Breathing also branched out of the Sun Breathing. When its creator, Michikatsu Tsugikuni, attempted to learn the Sun Breathing from his twin brother, Yoriichi Tsugikuni, he discovered he was unable to master the breathing style and so was instead trained in an alternate Breathing Style. Yoriichi created it fit and cover his individual strengths and weaknesses, and Michikatsu then continued to train and develop this breathing until it eventually evolved into its own unique Breathing Style, which he named the Moon Breathing.

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First Form: Dark Moon, Evening Palace (壹 (いち) (かた) (やみ) (づき) (よい) (みや), Ichi no kata: Yamidzuki - Yoi no Miya?) - Kokushibō draws his sword and slashes swiftly in a single motion; like with all Moon Breathing techniques, numerous chaotic blades originate from the slash. This technique resembles Iaijutsu. Second Form: Pearl Flower Moongazing (貳 (に) (かた) (しゅ) (か) (ろう) (げつ), Ni no kata: Shuka no Rōgetsu?) - Kokushibō performs several slashes while sending a barrage of chaotic blades forward. Third Form: Loathsome Moon, Chains (參 (さん) (かた) (えん) (き) (づき) (つが), San no kata: Enkizuki - Tsugari?) - Kokushibō swings his sword rapidly in two gigantic crescents slashes, from which a storm of smaller crescents spread.

This technique causes huge destruction in a small area. Fourth Form: Solar Rings, Frostmoon (肆 (し) (かた) (たい) (よう) (りん) (しも) (づき), Shi no kata: Taiyōrin - Shimodzuki?) - Kokushibō performs a circular small cyclone slashes of chaotic blades straight towards his opponent. Fourth Form: Improved, Red Sun over Paradise (肆 (し) (かた) (かい) (あっき) (よう) (らく) (えん), Shi no kata kai: Akk' yō Rakuen?) - Kokushibō spins his blade slicing through the ground and ripping it out. Causing multiple 180 slashes across the area to be sented towards his opponents as chaotic blades appear when near the enemy slicing into their body. As the circular slashes spin grinding into the enemys skin.

Kokushibō performed this attack without swinging his blade.

Fifth Form: Moon Spirit Calamitous Eddy (伍 (ご) (かた) (げっ) (ぱく) (さい) (か), Go no kata: Geppaku Saika?) - Kokushibō makes multiple curved slashes layered over one another, resembling a rising vortex. Numerous chaotic blades originate from these slashes. Kokushibō performed this attack without swinging his blade. Sixth Form: Perpetual Night, Lonely Moon - Incessant (陸 (ろく) (かた) (とこ) (よ) (こ) (げつ) (む) (けん), Roku no kata: Tokoyo Kogetsu - Muken?) - Kokushib releases a wild storm of slashes in multiple directions. This technique was powerful enough to not only slice up multiple Hashira around him but also overwhelm the Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazugawa.

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Seventh Form: Mirror of Misfortune, Moonlit (漆 (しち) (かた) (やっ) (きょう) (づき) (ば), Shichi no kata: Yakkyō - Dzukibae?) - Kokushibō swings his sword in a powerful frontal slash that then creates a multi directional frontal assault, powerful enough to create several deep gouges in the ground and push back two Hashira. Eighth Form: Moon-Dragon Ringtail (捌 (はち) (かた) (げつ) (りゆう) (りん) (び), Hachi no kata: Getsuryū Rinbi?) - Kokushibō triples the range of his normal attack radius and creates a singular gigantic slash that slowly decreases in size.

Ninth Form: Waning Moonswaths (玖 (く) (かた) (くだ) (づき) (れん) (めん), Ku no kata: Kudaridzuki - Renmen?) - Kokushibō creates a seemingly endless stream of claw-like vertical and horizontal slashes, capable of cutting down his intended target from a long range. Tenth Form: Drilling Slashes, Moon Through Bamboo Leaves (拾 (じゅう) (かた) (せん) (めん) (ざん) (ら) (げつ), Jū no kata: Senmenzan - Ragetsu?) - Kokushibō creates a triple-layered slash twister, capable of mowing down his targets into three clean pieces.

Eleventh Form: Cosmic Infernadoes (拾 (じゅう) (いち) (かた) (えん) (だい) (しょう) (たつ) (まき), Jū Ichi no kata: Endai Shōtatsumaki?) - Kokushibō twirls his blade to create multiple chaotic structures of pure slashes that bear striking resemblance to actual tornadoes/cyclones that slowly chase down their foes. In addition to that, the chaotic blades emanating from the slashes act much like debris from the respective disaster. Twelfth Form: Waxing Moonstones (拾 (じゅう) (に) (かた) (のぼ) (づき) (げっ) (ちょう) (せき), Jū Ni no kata: Noborudzuki Gecchaseki? ) - Kokushibō Backflips into the air. He twirls his blade turning his grip into a reverse grip before swinging his reverse blade down onto the ground. Sending large crescent spinning blades around him t burst out of the ground and shatter. Sending it towards his opponents.

Thirteenth Form: Midnight Anarchy, Animosity (拾 (じゅう) (さん) (かた) (ま) (よ) (なか) (むちつ) (じょう) (てき) (い), Jū San no kata: Mayonaka Muchitsujō - Teki'i?) - Kokushibō launches and slices in a singular motion causing 4 slashes to appear these 4 slashes appear withhin the enemys shoulders and knees.

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