Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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Hito,Ame no masuhito,Aohitogusa
|Human being. In ancient vocabulary, human beings are called aohitogusa (green-human-grass), a word of blessing comparing the human race to thriving green grass. Humans are also called ame no masuhito, which means "sacred human beings increasing infinitely." In other words, under the blessings of the gods, human beings are to prosper in happiness. These words illustrate the belief that one should feel happiness and gratitude for one's divine ancestors, sacred soul, sacred body, and sacred mission to cooperate in building the ideal world of the gods.