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Shinto: The Way of the Gods. Global History I: Spiconardi. Origins. Animistic Religion Indigenous to Japan  practiced nowhere else in the world Evidence suggests the religion surfaced in the 500s BC Unnamed religion until introduction of Buddhism and Confucianism to Japan from China.

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Shinto the way of the gods

Shinto: The Way of the Gods

Global History I: Spiconardi


Origins

Origins

  • Animistic Religion

  • Indigenous to Japan practiced nowhere else in the world

  • Evidence suggests the religion surfaced in the 500s BC

  • Unnamed religion until introduction of Buddhism and Confucianism to Japan from China


Beliefs

Beliefs

  • Kami gods or spirits

    • “from food to rivers to rocks”  spirits that relate to nature and objects

      • All things have spirits; both natural & manmade

    • Guardian Kami Protectors of particular areas and clans

    • Kami of Exceptional People  former emperors


Beliefs1

Beliefs

  • Divine Origin

    • Japan and its islands are believed to be the children of Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto

    • The kamiAmaterasuOmikami (Sun goddess)is the ancestress of the imperial family

    • Divine Right  All emperors were descendants of Amaterasu (believed until US made Japan revoke that belief in 1946)


Beliefs2

Beliefs

  • The Four Affirmations

    • Tradition and the family: The family is seen as the main preservers of tradition

    • Love of nature:Nature is sacred; to be in contact with nature is to be close to the gods. Natural objects are worshipped as sacred spirits.

    • Purification:Followers of Shinto take baths, wash their hands, and rinse out their mouth often.

      • Evil exists in the form of uncleanness

        • Wounds in battle, contact with dead bodies, illness, etc.

    • "Matsuri":The worship and honor given to the Kami and ancestral spirits.


Impact on japan

Impact on Japan

  • 110 million followers of some aspect of Shinto

    • Only 3.4 million solely follow Shinto

    • Most mix Buddhism and Shinto

  • Nationalism loyalty to and pride in one’s people

    • Japanese were divinely chosen

    • “Land of the Rising Sun”

  • Artwork Origami “paper of the spirits”

    • Out of respect for the tree spirit that gave its life to make the paper, origami paper is never cut.


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