Divine spirit

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A divine spirit (神霊 shinrei) is the spirit of a human who achieved godhood, either during their life or after their death. These are the spirits that live in Shinto shrines and are worshipped. Like gods, they are powered by faith, but have no relation to the Eight Million Gods (八百万の神 Yaoyorozu no Kami). Apparently, they are able to speak aloud, but in an extremely soft manner. Priests are able to communicate their words to others using certain techniques.

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