On the Kototama Principle and the Material Civilization
‘The principle of Kototama is the principle of the human life dimension, and the highest human truth. This principle belongs to all human beings.
‘To guide us toward this realization [of truth], to educate us, our ancestors perfected the Kototama Principle. Then, at the opening of the material civilization, it was slowly hidden and translated into the symbols and parables which are the origins of all the religions and mythologies of the world.
‘Society had to be cut off from its source if it was to give itself whole heartedly to the materialistic viewpoint. It also had to be able to find its way back when it was decided that this viewpoint was not enough.
‘To build a perfect civilization, humanity had to explore both ways: the spiritual and the physical.’
The Four Eras
I. Amatsu Kami Era. Epochs of time established. Year of 360 days.
II. Kami Yo Era. Grains, fishing, shrines, writing
III. Fuki Aizu Era. Mu, Atlantis sink. Ends with Jimmu.
IV Kami Yamato Era – Material Civilization. Begins with Jimmu. Chinese ideas enter Japan.
During the Amatsu Kami era, divisions of time were established. There were 360 days in year, 12 months of 30 days each.
The shortest day of the year was called Kone no kule, the winter solstice. The new year began at sunrise of the day after the winter solstice.
The Source of Civilization
According to Nakazono, the source which is the Kototama is contained in two sets of transmissions: the Kototama Principle, and the Takenouchi Documents.
The Takenouchi Documents were concealed at the beginning of the Material Age. The Kototama Principle was disguised as kami and myths in the Kojiki.