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by Micha F. Lindemans
In Japanese Shinto-belief, this is the underworld in which horrible creatures guard the exits. However, this is not exactly a place like other Hells where the souls of the deceased are tortured without hope of redemption. Yomi-no-kuni is more a place where the souls are cleansed. This particular view was introduced after Izanami's descent into this realm and Izanagi's ritual cleansing in the river after his return from the underworld.

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