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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Shinto faith
Shinto is an optimistic faith, as humans are thought to be fundamentally good, and evil is believed to be caused by evil spirits.
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.
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.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Shinto-faith   (3903 words)

  
 SHINTO
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   (1640 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Sarutahiko
Sarutahiko-no-Oh-Kami (サルタヒコ), is a kami, a deity of the Japanese religion of Shinto.
Shinto (Kanji: 神道 Shintō) (sometimes called Shintoism) is a native religion of Japan and was once its state religion.
Shinto kami Kojiki or Furukotofumi (古事記) is the oldest surviving historical book dealing with the ancient history of Japan.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Sarutahiko   (837 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   (4428 words)

  
  Lalor, Cyclopaedia of Political Science, V.3, Entry 188, SHINTO: Library of Economics and Liberty
The mikado is thus the personal centre of the Shinto religion, which consists in the practice of the worship of ancestors, of the sun and other forces of nature, of the gods of grain, of the trees, of the watercourses, of the roads, and of various local influences.
All the deities of Shinto were once men, and the chief of them are now worshiped by the leading noble families of the imperial court as their ancestors.
Nevertheless, Shinto is still a living force with millions of the Japanese: and the grave problem now before the minds of earnest patriots is the transmutation of the old popular reverence for the throne and person of the mikado as divine, into the new loyalty of intelligent respect.
www.econlib.org /LIBRARY/YPDBooks/Lalor/llCy958.html   (1575 words)

  
 Shinto Cultural Information
Shinto is the indigenous, national religion of Japan.
These three types of Shinto are interrelated: Folk Shinto exists as the substructure of Shinto faith, and a Sectarian Shinto follower is usually a parishioner of a certain shrine of Shrine Shinto at the same time.
In Shinto, it is common to say that humanity is "kami's child." This means that, as we see in the above mentioned myth, man has life given through kami and therefore his nature is sacred.
library.thinkquest.org /12865/mray/shi2.htm   (612 words)

  
 Shinto - Crystalinks
The word Shinto, which literally means "the way of kami" (kami means "mystical," "superior," or "divine," generally sacred or divine power, specifically the various gods or deities), came into use in order to distinguish indigenous Japanese beliefs from Buddhism, which had been introduced into Japan in the 6th century AD.
Shinto kami were viewed as protectors of Buddhism; hence shrines for tutelary kami were built within the precincts of Buddhist temples.
Advocates of this school maintained that the norms of Shinto should not be sought in Buddhist or Confucian interpretations but in the beliefs and life-attitudes of their ancestors as clarified by philological study of the Japanese classics.
www.crystalinks.com /shinto.html   (4240 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)

  
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The theorists of Sanno Shinto --also called Tendai Shinto --interpreted the Tendai belief in the central, or absolute, truth of the universe (i.e., the fundamental buddha nature) as being equivalent to the Shinto concept that the sun goddess Amaterasu was the source of the universe.
Shinto of this nature was called State Shinto and came under the control of the Bureau of Shrines in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
State Shinto was regarded as a state cult and a national ethic and not as "a religion." The free interpretation of its teachings by individual Shinto priests was discouraged.
cyberspacei.com /jesusi/inlight/religion/japan/shinto.htm   (5619 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Kami
"Kami" are the central objects of worship for the Shinto faith.
Shinto began as the various ancient animistic folk religions of Japan, and only became a unified religion in response to the influences of other religions brought into Japan from abroad.
The difference between modern Shinto and the ancient animistic religions is mainly a refinement of the kami-concept, rather than a difference in definitions.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Kami   (1139 words)

  
 The Vitality of the Shinto Faith in Japan
The chief characteristic of a Shinto shrine is the torii, a gate made of two horizontal beams supported by two pillars, at the entrance to the palace of the Kami, as each place of worship is called.
Apologists for State Shinto were primarily interested in promulgating love for country, reverence for the emperor, filial piety, and loyalty to the government to reinforce the concept of a strong centralized state.
By reducing Shinto in such a fashion, the way was opened for the birth of more enthusiastic Shinto sects which had no formal connection with the government but met popular need for a warm and vital religious life.
www.worldandischool.com /public/1987/july/school-resource12489.asp   (566 words)

  
 ARC - Faiths and ecology - Shinto Faith Statement
Shinto regards that the land, its nature, and all creatures including humans are children of Kami.
So, Shinto suggests that we should shift our point of view and look at our environment with the spirit of “reverence and gratitude,” that is, with the spirit of parental care for children or with the spirit of brotherhood.
Faith in Conservation takes us into the realm of myths, symbols, stories and legends to help explain how the diversity of worlds we inhabit can help preserve what for most people is still "God's Creation".
www.arcworld.org /faiths.asp?pageID=74   (1153 words)

  
 Shinto
Shinto ("the way of the gods") is the indigenous faith of the Japanese people and as old as Japan herself.
Shinto priests perform Shinto rituals and often live on the shrine grounds.
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).
www.japan-guide.com /e/e2056.html   (560 words)

  
 Shinto, Shintoism - ReligionFacts
Shinto kami were made equivalent to deva (the Buddhist Sanskrit term for “gods”) who rank highest in the Realm of Ignorance, according to Buddhist notions.
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 /shinto   (2517 words)

  
 Hawaii’s Domestication of Shinto
Shinto taught that the emperor was a descendant of the very gods who had created their islands and that Japan thus had a mandate to rule the “world under one roof”  (Hakko Ichiu).
Suspicions continued for a while: Shinto shrines were considered a hotbed of subversive activities by some and were vandalized; Japanese maids were thought to be spies; Japanese fishermen were believed to have directed the pilots of the emperor to their targets.
Shinto was to be completely disestablished: it could not be taught in Japan’s public schools, state funding would be eliminated, and the emperor would be persuaded to denounce his divinity (to “de-god” himself, as the GIs called it).
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=1437   (2176 words)

  
 Japan Omnibus - Religion - Shinto
Shinto is practiced at shrines (jinja), which are most easily distinguished from Buddhist temples by the torii gates that mark the entrance (photo).
Shinto followers worship a huge array of kami (gods or spirits) which personify all aspects of nature, such as the sky, the earth, heavenly bodies, and natural phenomena.
State Shinto was considered the official belief of the entire Japanese race and was embodied in the huge number of shrines, large and small, throughout the country.
www.japan-zone.com /omnibus/shinto.shtml   (960 words)

  
 Shinto--Beliefnet.com
Shinto is the native polytheistic religion of Japan with a literally infinite number of "kami", or deities, alongside a myriad of ancient traditions, customs, and ideas.
The faith is practiced, usually in small pockets, all around the world and has a naturally flexible backbone which allows it to meld with other local traditions.
In terms of afterlife, in Shinto when you die you become a Kami (God - this is not a good translation since there are many cultural stereotypes applied to it).
www.beliefnet.com /boards/message_list.asp?boardID=449&discussionID=230257   (509 words)

  
 The Spiritual Sanctuary celebrates the Shinto Faith
Starting about 500 BCE (or earlier) it was originally "an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism."(4) Its name was derived from the Chinese words "shin tao" (The Way of the Gods) in the 8th Century CE.
Shinto has no real founder, no written scriptures, no body of religious law, and only a very loosely-organized priesthood.
The Gods of Shinto, which is a polytheistic religion, are said to have created Japan as their image of paradise on Earth, and placed the emperor as it's true ruler.
www.thespiritualsanctuary.org /Shinto/Shinto.html   (572 words)

  
 Jinja Shinto: The Authentic Shinto Faith
However, according to the authentic Shinto faith based on the Japanese myth, Japanese are originally given birth by the couple of deities Izanagi and Izanami, they have Kami nature in themselves.
Shinto has no eschatology and thus no appeal for the spiritual relief before it by God, nor belief in Mappo that tells about the arrival of the time of no hope and no relief, which is the source of human agonies.
Shinto believes in that the human life will be prosperous as far as one keeps one's endeavour in this world following the divine words, even if there was a time of ups and downs in life.
jinja.jp /english/s-4f.html   (270 words)

  
 Definition of Terms: Interfaith Calendar of World Religions
Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the vision of God in heaven.
Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of spring with shouts of "Devils out, Good Fortune in".
Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity between the churches of the faith.
www.interfaithcalendar.org /calendardefinitions.htm   (4561 words)

  
 Statement of Purpose
The Shinto faith appeared at the dawn of Japanese history emanating from the mythical Sun goddess Amaterasu Ohkami.
Shinto embarked as a faith of the Japanese imperial religious system but subsequently interacted with other religions, Buddhism and Confucianism, brought to Japan from neighboring Asian countries.
The International Shinto Foundation is being established to dispel such misunderstandings about Shinto and introduce its qualities as one of the most liberal and broad-minded religions on the planet.
www.shinto.org /isri/eng/statement-e.html   (382 words)

  
 Shinto -- Beliefnet.com
Main Tenets: Shinto (or kami no michi, "way of the kami," or gods) is a prehistoric religious tradition indigenous to Japan, which has been influenced by Buddhism and Chinese religions and provides a worldview that has become central to Japanese culture and national identity.
Shinto recognizes no all-powerful deity and is a diverse set of traditional rituals and ceremonies, rather than a system of dogmatic beliefs or ethics.
The divine pair Izanagi and Izanami brought forth Amaterasu, the sun goddess and ancestress of the Japanese emperor (hence the sun on the Japanese flag).
www.beliefnet.com /index/index_10030.html   (541 words)

  
 Shinto | Thematic Essay | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This indigenous "Way of the Gods," or Shinto, can be understood as a multifaceted assembly of practices, attitudes, and institutions that express the Japanese people's relationship with their land and the lifecycles of the earth and humans.
Shinto emerged gradually in ancient times and is distinctive in that it has no founder, no sacred books, no teachers, no saints, and no well-defined pantheon.
The form of worship, however, did not change, as representations of gods were hidden away in the inner sanctuary of the Shinto shrine, adherents demonstrating their faith–at the entrance–simply by clapping their hands.
www.metmuseum.org /TOAH/hd/shin/hd_shin.htm   (399 words)

  
 Shinto: Nurturing Nature | BBC World Service
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan and throughout history, it has provided the backbone of Japanese culture.
Little is known about the Shinto faith in the West, despite being a rigidly enforced state religion until the 1950s.
However the Shinto faith greatly differs from other religions in that there are no sacred icons or texts and there isn't any congregational worship.
www.bbc.co.uk /worldservice/people/highlights/010712_shinto.shtml   (699 words)

  
 ~~~~~ The Esoteric Blog: Ursi's Eso Garden ~~~~~
Shinto is a general term for the activities of the Japanese people to worship all the deities of heaven and earth, and its origin is as old as the history of the Japanese.
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.
www.eso-garden.com /index.php?/weblog/shinto   (906 words)

  
 Shintoism Kami
Shintoism is an optimistic faith that believes all humans are intrinsically good and that all evil is caused by evil spirits.
In the university medical facilities of some universities, Shinto rites are performed to console the spirits of animals killed during experiments.
After some early differences, the followers of Shinto and Buddhism were able to reach a complementary accord between their belief systems.
www.blessingscornucopia.com /Shintoism_Shinto_Shrine_Kami_Way.htm   (524 words)

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