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Kamuy are the gods or spirits in Ainu cosmology. Seen as existing in a duality or dichotomy with Man (Ainu), the kamuy are believed to inhabit all things and to be responsible for various phenomena beyond human control. The gods can also make mistakes, and arguing with the gods is a traditional element of Ainu practice; Ainu also request aid from the gods, and express gratitude to them through prayers and physical offerings.


  • Gallery labels, "Master - An Ainu Story," photo exhibit by Adam Isfendiyar, SOAS Brunei Gallery, Fall 2018.[1]