Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text A deity worshiped by a group of persons sharing the same genealogy. This belief is close to the old form of ujigami belief, but since in Japan there did not exist from antiquity any groups consisting entirely of purely blood relations, the ketsuenshin, or "god of blood relations" can really be said to be the god worshiped by a group possessing subjective consciousness of being one kinship group. However, among these groups there are some kinship groups where clear traces are visible of a family splitting into main and subordinate houses; there are cases where such a group worships family gods, but this is a form which has developed in recent ages.