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A Suitengū (水天宮, "Palace of the Watery Sky"), branch of Tokyo's main Suitengu.
Suitengu are Shinto shrines dedicated to the deity of Hindu origins Varuna (水天 Suiten in Japanese).
According to Inoue (2003): "In modern scholarship, the term is often used with reference to kami worship and related theologies, rituals and practices.
In these contexts, "Shinto" takes on the meaning of "Japan's traditional religion", as opposed to foreign religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and so forth".
Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion", but rather to a collection of native beliefs and mythology.
suited to various purposes such as war memorials and harvest festivals, and applies as well to various sectarian organizations.
Practitioners express their diverse beliefs through a standard language and practice, adopting a similar style in dress and ritual, dating from around the time of the Nara and Heian periods (8th–12th century).
Since the Japanese language does not distinguish between singular and plural, kami refers to the divinity, or sacred essence, that manifests in multiple forms: rocks, trees, rivers, animals, places, and even people can be said to possess the nature of kami.
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