What is the relationship between humans and kami?
How do issues of "purity" affect this relationship?
What is the ideal relationship between the two realms?
Can humans bridge the gap between the two realms ...
and if so, how?
Does the film promote Shinto beliefs
or should it be regarded as a work of fantasy?
|According to Miyazaki, “In my grandparents’ time ... it was believed that spirits [kami]
existed everywhere — in trees, rivers, insects, wells, anything. My
generation does not believe this, but I like the idea that we should
all treasure everything because spirits might exist there, and we
should treasure everything because there is a kind of life to
everything.” (Shinto Perspectives, 7)