The Bear God

To the Ainu, every creature was also a god, and shape-shifting was commonplace. The Bear God, “Chira-Mante-Kamui,” was considered the head of the mountain gods. The Ainu would capture bears, and nurture them before finally sacrificing and eating them. The Ainu believed that the bear’s flesh was his offering to the people. When he was killed, he would simply transform into his heavenly state instead of his earthly one.

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