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Religion Shintō (神道)

Shintō (神道) – is the traditional religion of Japan that focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past.



Shintō is a religion from Japan. Classified as an East Asian religion by scholars of religion, its practitioners often regard it as Japan's indigenous religion and as a nature religion. Scholars sometimes call its practitioners Shintoists, although adherents rarely use that term themselves. There is no central authority controlling Shinto, with much diversity of belief and practice evident among practitioners. A polytheistic and animistic religion, Shinto revolves around supernatural entities called the kami. The kami are believed to inhabit all things, including forces of nature and prominent landscape locations. The kami are worshipped at kamidana household shrines, family shrines, and jinja public shrines. The latter are staffed by priests, known as kannushi, who oversee food and drink offerings to the specific kami enshrined at that location. This is done to cultivate harmony between humans and kami and to solicit the latter's blessing. Other everyday rituals include the kagura dances, rites of passage, and seasonal festivals. Public shrines facilitate forms of divination and supply religious objects, such as amulets, to the religion's adherents. Shinto focuses primarily on ensuring purity, primarily by cleaning practices such as ritual washing and bathing, especially before worship. Little emphasis is placed on specific moral codes or afterlife beliefs, although the dead are deemed capable of becoming kami. The religion has no single creator or clear doctrine and exists in a diverse range of local and regional forms.


Shintō - The Way of the Gods

Religion  Shintō - The Way of the Gods

Shintō - the Way of GodsMeaning “the way of the gods”, Shinto (神道 shintō) is the native religion of Japan. It is a form of animism which stresses the importance of harmony between humans and nature. It involves the worship of kami, which could be translated as gods, nature spirits, or spiritual...

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