True enough.Like all religion in our world. People can BELIEVE that happen but that doesn't make it happen.
Yes, but this is missing a crucial point. The vast bulk of Japanese, certainly in the Tokugawa period, and definitely much earlier, have a widespread and fundamental belief in the kami. This was supplemented by Buddhism in the early years of the Heian period, bringing with it a deepening of esoteric and mystical belief. If, in your campaign world, the kami and buddhist deities, are merely 'folk-lore', you're not being entirely true to the way the Japanese thought, felt and acted. You can, of course, concentrate solely on the martial nature of Japanese society and completely relegate Shinto and Buddhist priests to the background, but that would be denying a fundamental part of what makes ancient Japan what it is.If you don't believe try getting those effects yourself . Kami has never ever actually caused anything real. They are just that. Folk tales. If Kami's in Samurai era would have actually CAUSED something then it would be possible to have those same effects this day. But nobody has actually been able to provenly do that...
Ah, you were there, were you..?Just like Jesus turning water to wine. Nice story, didn't happen.
It did to those who believed in them. There may well be a strong case for atheism, but anyone with a strong faith finds the objects of their faith real and powerful: its why faith continues to persist even in an age where science can provide concrete evidence to the contrary.Just because humans BELIEVE something doesn't make it right. Humans have believed in spirits and gods thorough mankinds existance. Doesn't make them real though.
Very true, but not so of ancient Japan. Science, religion, mysticism and a belief in magic happily co-existed until the arrival of the Jesuits. Before that, Japan was a beautiful example of multi-faith, multi-belief toleration where there was very little perceived threat between schools of thought.And humans couple centuries ago were even not that well aware of how world works so were even more likely to believe in what's not real. Christian church tried to make all it could to prevent science from advancing. Likely priests realized even back then science is what's going to cause their influence to drop dramatically. Nobody likes it when their power and riches are threatened.
Anyhow, it matters little. I hope that 'Land of the Samurai' helps fuel a superb campaign, however magic and religion are handled.