Questions and answers (17)-(19)


Question 17:

You said conflicts between groups of spirits in the World of the Dead are projected onto the World of Reality and can cause wars between countries. But wars, regional conflicts, ethnic conflicts now happening in this world are due to humans, right?  I think those conflicts are caused by our greed, ambitions, unpurified minds, grudges, hatred and so on. We can’t shift the responsibility for the conflicts to the World of the Dead or the World of Spirits, can we? Can it be said all the same that conflicts in the World of the Dead still have strong influence on the conflicts in this world ?

  • conflict 闘争
  • project 投影する
  • cause 引き起こす
  • war 戦争
  • regional conflict 地域紛争
  • ethnic conflict 民族紛争
  • be due to A Aが原因である
  • greed 貪欲
  • ambition 野心
  • unpurified 浄化されていない
  • grudge 恨み
  • hatred 憎しみ
  • and so on など
  • responsibility 責任
  • all the same それでもやはり
  • have influence on A Aに影響を与える


the World of Reality→the World of the Dead/ the World of Spirits/the World of Gods

the World of the Dead/ the World of Spirits/the World of Gods→the World of Reality

These dimensions are not one-way traffic but affect each other. In the future ahead, the World of Reality plays a main role, and becomes the source of all phenomena arising in all the dimensions. So from now on, human deeds might determine the destiny of God in a large sense.

  • dimension 次元
  • one-way traffic 一方通行
  • affect 影響を及ぼす
  • each other お互い
  • in the future ahead これからは
  • play a main role 主役になる
  • source 源
  • phenomena 現象
  • arise 生じる
  • from now on 今から
  • deed 行動
  • determine 決定する
  • destiny 運命
  • in a large sense 大きな意味で

Question 18:

Can we call any beings or souls who failed to come into this world with human bodies Kenzoku(眷属)? What is Kenzoku or Kenzokushin(眷属神)?

  • being 存在
  • fail to~ 〜することができない


Many of the Kenzoku are souls who lived in the past as a human being. They have served gods out of gratitude for a long time since they died because when they were human beings they received many benefits from the gods they worshiped. As for superordinate Kenzoku, they are often not the ones humans reincarnated but the ones who were separated from the energy of God and took on an individuality. Kenzoku can be said to have characters common to sprites or Shikigami(式神), an animate object to act as the sorcerer’s agent.

  • in the past 過去に
  • human being 人間
  • out of gratitude 恩返しに
  • receive 受け取る
  • benefit 恩恵
  • worship 崇拝する
  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • superordinate 上位の
  • reincarnate 転生する
  • separate 分ける
  • take on A Aを帯びる
  • individuality 個性
  • character 性格
  • common  共通の
  • sprite 精霊
  • animate 生きている
  • object もの
  • sorcerer 魔術師
  • agent 代理

Also, Kenzoku are spiritual beings who take on various forms from age to age, such as dragons, foxes, Tengu(天狗), or long-nosed goblins, and demons. Most of them belong to the World of the Dead and are like agents acting on God’s behalf. But a new age has already begun when we don’t need Kenzoku any more.

  • form 形態
  • from age to age 時代時代で
  • demon 悪鬼
  • belong to A Aに属する
  • on one’s behalf 〜の代わりに
  • not…any more もう〜ない

Question 19:

Every time I see fog rising from a mountain, I feel like going into it. What do you think of fog ?

  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • fog 霧
  • rise 上がる
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • What do you think of A ?  Aをどう思いますか?


Fog is like a spiritual “living thing”. In the case of too dense fog to walk down a road, if you pray or say ” Let me through” so that it disappears, it moves away in reaction to Kotodama, the spirit of language. Fog acts as Kenzoku to protect a deity of a mountain.

  • living thing 生き物
  • in the case of A Aの場合には
  • dense 濃い
  • too…to~ とても…なので〜することができない
  • pray 祈る
  • Let me through.  通して下さい
  • disappear 消える
  • in reaction to A Aに応じて
  • protect 守る
  • deity 神様