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  Shinto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1871, a Ministry of Divinities was formed and Shinto shrines were divided into twelve levels with the Ise Shrine (dedicated to Amaterasu, and thus symbolic of the legitimacy of the Imperial family) at the peak and small sanctuaries of humble towns at the base.
Shinto teaches that certain deeds create a kind of ritual impurity that one should want cleansed for one's own peace of mind and good fortune, not because impurity is wrong in and of itself.
Shinto has been called "the religion of Japan", and the customs and values of Shinto are inseparable from those of Japanese culture prior to the influx of Chinese religious ideas that occurred in the mid 6th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shinto   (4565 words)

 Shinto - MSN Encarta
Shinto was rapidly overshadowed by Buddhism, and the native gods were generally regarded as manifestations of Buddha in a previous state of existence.
State Shinto, as the official government cult, theoretically embodied the religious beliefs of the entire Japanese people, and the number of its adherents was counted as the total population of the empire.
Government financial support of State Shinto was eliminated, the former practice of teaching cult doctrines in the schools was abolished, and the use of Shinto symbols for nationalistic purposes was forbidden.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761560532/Shinto.html   (828 words)

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Shinto (神道, pronounced shintō) is the native religion of Japan.
Although it is now near-impossible to disentangle its influence from that of Buddhism, it is clear that the spirit of being one with nature that gave rise to this religion underlie such typically Japanese arts as flower-arranging (ikebana) and traditional Japanese architecture and garden design.
A more explicit link to Shinto is seen in sumo wrestling: the purification of the wrestling arena by the sprinkling of salt and the many other ceremonies that must be performed before a bout can begin are definitely Shinto in origin.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/s/sh/shinto.html   (809 words)

 Shinto - Crystalinks
Shinto consists of the traditional Japanese religious practices as well as the beliefs and life attitudes that are in accord with these practices.
Shinto is more readily observed in the social life of the Japanese people and in their personal motivations than in a pattern of formal belief or philosophy.
In Shinto all the deities are said to cooperate with one another, and life lived in accordance with a kami's will is believed to produce a mystical power that gains the protection, cooperation, and approval of all the particular kami.
www.crystalinks.com /shinto.html   (4240 words)

Shinto established itself as an official religion of Japan, along with Buddhism.
Shinto is a tolerant religion which accepts the validity of other religions.
"The Jinja Shinto (The Shrine Shinto)," is at: http://www.jinja.or.jp/
www.religioustolerance.org /shinto.htm   (1638 words)

 Photo Dictionary of Japanese Shintoism, Guide to Shinto Deities (Kami), Shrines, and Religious Concepts
Shinto is the ancient native religion of Japan still practiced in a form modified by the influence of Buddhism and Confucianism.
Shinto images dating from the 9th century that were strongly influenced by contemporary Buddhist sculpture are found at Toji Temple in Kyoto, Matsunoo Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, and Yakushiji Temple in Nara.
Most Shinto shrines house sacred objects such as mirrors (the symbol of the Sun Goddess), swords and jewels (those three objects are the imperial regalia) on the altar where the gods are believed to reside, and the objects serve as spirit-substitutes for the gods.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/shinto.shtml   (4424 words)

 Early Shinto
   Despite this optimism, Shinto is probably not a native religion of Japan (since the Japanese were not the original "natives" of Japan), and seems to be an agglomeration of a multitude of diverse and unrelated religions and mythologies.
Shinto shrines are usually a single room (or miniature room), raised from the ground, with objects placed inside.
Early Shinto may, in fact, be a myth; what is called early Shinto may simply be a large number of unrelated local religions that began to combine with the advent of centralized states.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/ANCJAPAN/SHINTO.HTM   (877 words)

 Shinto - Facts from the Encyclopedia - Yahoo! Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Shinto, a term created to distinguish the indigenous religion from Buddhism, is the equivalent of the Japanese kami-no-michi, "the way of the gods" or "the way of those above." The word kami, meaning "above" or "superior," is the name used to designate a great host of supernatural beings or deities.
A Shinto shrine, unaffected by other religious influences, is a simple unpainted wooden building, having some object within it that is believed to be the dwelling place of the kami.
The ancient mythology was used to glorify the emperor and the state, and state Shinto became a powerful instrument in the hands of the militarists, who used it to glorify their policy of aggression.
messenger.yahooligans.com /reference/encyclopedia/entry/Shinto   (598 words)

 FORE: Religion-Shinto-Introduction
Following the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Shinto ritual practices were centralized and reorganized according to a hierarchy that brought even the smallest outlying Shinto shrines within the fold of state administration, with the emperor and his rituals at the center.
Shinto ritual, in particular, has had a role to play in Japan’s modernization, and continues to be affected, as is all of Japanese society, by the impact of technological and economic change.
The Shinto community is aware of the importance of its special position as guarantor of groves of urban and outlying greenery.
environment.harvard.edu /religion/religion/shinto/index.html   (1156 words)

 Shinto in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Shinto followers believe that humans become kami after they die and are revered by their families as ancestral kami.
Shintos believe that all human life and nature is sacred.
Shinto is an optimistic faith, humans are thought to be fundamentally good, and evil is believed to be caused by evil spirits.
www.trailcanada.com /canada/religion-shinto.asp   (370 words)

 Shinto - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
After World War II, Shinto lost its status of national religion; most Shinto practices and teachings, once given a great deal of prominence during the war, are no longer taught nor practiced today and some remain largely as everyday activities like omikuji.
Shinto ways of thinking continue to be an important part of the Japanese mindset, though the number of people who identify themselves as religious has suffered a sharp decline.
Whenever a child is born in Japan, a local Shinto shrine adds the child's name to a list kept at the shrine and declares him or her "Ujiko", lit.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Shinto   (3753 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Shinto Beliefs
Shinto does not split the universe into a natural physical world and a supernatural transcendent world.
Shinto does distinguish between the visible world (kenkai) and the invisible world (yukai), but the invisible world is regarded as in some way an extension of the everyday world, and not a separate realm.
Shinto is based on belief in, and worship of, kami.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/shinto/beliefs   (252 words)

 Shinto: An Introduction
Shinto (the way of the gods), traditionally dating back to 660 B. is a loosely organized religion of the Japanese people embracing a wide variety of beliefs and practices.
Shinto almost died out as a viable religion but in the seventeenth century it was revitalized by tough-minded military leaders.
Shinto had become such an inseparable part of Japanese militarism the American occupation forces felt it necessary to direct the abolition of state support of Shinto in December of 1945.
www.ubfellowship.org /archive/readers/601_shinto.htm   (902 words)

 Shinto:The Way of the Gods
Shinto, written as the Way of the Gods, is a native religion of Japan that encompasses the poetic reality of senses, which is a part of basic Japanese principles of life.
According to the Kojiki, the mythological chronology of Japan, the gods of the Shinto religion are believed to have created Japan as their image of paradise on earth, and the ruler of Japan, the Emperor, is a direct descendent of the Sun-goddess Amaterasu.
Shinto emphasizes right practice, sensibility, and attitude over conceptual understanding of the universe and holiness, respect for nature is permeated throughout the society in Japan.
www.trincoll.edu /~tj/tj4.4.96/articles/cover.html   (1046 words)

Shinto or Kaminomichi or the way of the Kami or the Gods is the name of the religion observed by the Japanese from time immemorial.
Shinto is divided into two classes, viz., the Sectarian Shinto, which is sub-divided into 13 sects; and the Shinto of the national faith of the Japanese, or the State Shinto Religion.
Shinto is the chief agent which has rejuvenated, vitalised and reinforced the social and religious life of Japan.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /religions/shintoism.htm   (994 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Shintoism
Shintoism is rooted in the ancient history and mythology of Japan.
Because writings on Shintoism were relatively nonexistent prior to the arrival of Buddhism in the sixth century, the nature of its beliefs and worship during ancient times remains indefinite.
Shintoism does not have a system of ethics or morals, but rather places emphasis on ritual and ceremony to express the joyful acceptance of nature.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/shinto.html   (2659 words)

Shinto beliefs and rituals were transmitted orally long before the introduction (5th cent.) of Chinese writing into Japan; much of the ancient belief is gathered in three later compilations of records, rituals, and prayers-the Kojiki (completed A.D. 712), the Nihongi (completed A.D. 720), and the Yengishiki (10th cent.).
Shinto is the fruit of Japanese spiritual labor from ancient times, and of the efforts made by our ancestors to maintain traditional ritual life and give it a moral foundation.
Shinto is not a denomination, nor is it a narrow ideology.
www.godserver.com /shinto.shtml   (1181 words)

 Some Basic Concepts in Shinto
At the beginning of the Meiji Period that marked the advent of modern Japan (1868-), Shinto's ancient union of ritual and government was revitalized as the shrine sites came to be seen as the primary agencies for celebrating and affirming the national life and identity.
While Shinto is not defined by a vast array of doctrinal ideas, a fundamental goal or aim of Shinto is the attainment of magokoro, or "true heart," "sincerity." When one has "true heart," he/she is open to the subtle movements and presence of the spiritual forces known as kami (see below).
Shinto's reverence for the land of Japan (sometimes called "State Shinto") could perhaps be compared to the patriotism that is expressed in the United States through traditional rituals and celebrations associated with Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veteran's Day.
staff.jccc.net /thoare/shinto.htm   (1786 words)

 Shinto, Shintoism - ReligionFacts
Shinto has no founder, no official sacred scriptures in the strict sense, and no fixed creeds, but it has preserved its main beliefs and rituals throughout the ages.
A common Shinto saying is that "man is kami's child." First, this means that a person was given his life by kami and that his nature is therefore sacred.
There are other Shinto rites for occupations or daily life, such as a ceremony of purifying a building site or for setting up the framework for a new building, a purifying ceremony for the boilers in a new factory, a completion ceremony for a construction works, or a launching ceremony for a new ship.
www.religionfacts.com /a-z-religion-index/shinto.htm   (2516 words)

Shinto ("the way of the gods") is the indigenous faith of the Japanese people and as old as Japan herself.
Important features of Shinto art are shrine architecture and the cultivation and preservation of ancient art forms such as No theater, calligraphy and court music (gagaku), an ancient dance music that originated at the courts of Tang China (618 - 907).
Shinto priests became state officials, important shrines started to received governmental funding, Japan's creation myths were used to foster an emperor cult, and efforts were made to separate and emancipate Shinto from Buddhism.
www.japan-guide.com /e/e2056.html   (547 words)

 Background Essay no. 139 | Japanese Religions: Shinto | AskAsia.org
Shinto (literally “the way of the gods”) is Japan's native belief system and predates historical records.
Expressions of Shinto beliefs toward nature include the recognition of a divine spirit (kami) in venerable old trees, large mountains, and tall waterfalls, as well as celebrations of the highlights of each season.
However, Shinto does not espouse a moral code, lacks religious scriptures, and does not conceive of a life after death.
www.askasia.org /teachers/essays/essay.php?no=139&era=08&grade=03&geo=05   (336 words)

 All about Shintoism, symbols, art gallery
Shinto accepts the material world as good, while Buddhism view the world as evil, yet both religions are practiced in Japan...
A torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine.
Shintoism concurs with the Bible that God created everything in heavens and on earth, and every creature is beautiful and perfect, made by God, and God can only create beautiful and perfect creatures, manifestations of the greatness of God, heavens and earth are full of your glory.
www.religion-cults.com /Eastern/Shintoism/shinto.htm   (583 words)

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