Shinto is Japan's indigenous religion; a complex of ancient folk belief and rituals; basically animistic religion that perceives the presence of gods or of the sacred in animals, in plants, and even in things which have no life, such as stones and waterfalls. The roots go back to the distant past. A large number of items discovered amongst remains dating from the Jomon period (up to 200 B.C.) are thought to have had some magical significance. Shintoism Religion and Spirituality Society.
Shinto is the largest religion in Japan, practiced by nearly 80% of the population, yet only a small percentage of these identify themselves as "Shintoists" in surveys. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Shinto or kami-no-michi is the traditional religion of Japan that focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently in order to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 8th century. Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified religion, but rather to a collection of native beliefs and mythology. Shinto today is the religion of public shrines devoted to the worship of a multitude of 'spirits', 'essences', suited to various purposes such as war memorials and harvest festivals, and applies as well to various sectarian organizations. Practitioners express their diverse beliefs through a standard language and practice, adopting a similar style in dress and ritual, dating from around the time of the Nara and Heian periods.
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- Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto - Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto is the goddess of dawn, mirth and revelry in the Shinto religion of Japan, and the wife of fellow-god Sarutahiko ?kami. She famously relates to the tale of the missing sun deity, Amaterasu Omikami. Her name can also be pronounced as Ama-no-Uzume.
- Culture of Japan - The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, from the country's prehistoric time J?mon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America.
- Dol hareubang (Korean spirit).
- D?sojin - D?sojin is a generic name for a type of Shinto kami popularly worshipped in Kant? and neighboring areas where, as tutelary deities of borders, they are believed to protect travelers and villages from epidemics and evil spirits.
- Dryad (Greek mythology).
- Hari-Kuyo - Hari-Kuy? is the Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Festival of Broken Needles, celebrated on February 8 in the Kanto region, but on December 8 in the Kyoto and Kansai regions.
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- Online Kami no Michi: The Way of Kami www
Online book on the life and thought of a Shinto priest, Michi: The Way of Kami, by Guji Yukitaka Yamamoto. Kami no Michi: The Way of Kami.
- Explanation Basic Terms of Shinto www
Explanation of fundamentals of Shinto. Basic Terms of Shinto.
- Features Tsubaki America www
Features articles on the teachings and practice of the faith along with historical overview. Tsubaki America.
- Community Shintoism www
Community discussion topics, Shintoism, basic information on the religion, and links. Shintoism.
- Introduction International Shinto Foundation www
Introduction to Shinto, Shinto Foundation, plus publications. International Shinto Foundation.
- Located Futahashira Shrine www
Located in Miyagi Prefecture. Shrine. Festivals, history, Priest biography. Futahashira Shrine.
- Full Shinto www
Full text of English translations of the Yengishiki, Shinto, and excerpts from the Kojiki and Nihongi. Shinto.
- Encyclopedia Aji-Shiki www
Encyclopedia Mythica Article. Aji-Shiki.
- Encyclopedia Aji-Suki-Taka-Hi-Kone www
Encyclopedia Mythica Article. Aji-Suki-Taka-Hi-Kone.
- References Meditation and Eastern Philosophy www
References and commentaries on works derived from Eastern religions including the Dhammapada and the Upanishads. Meditation and Eastern Philosophy.
- Texts Eastern Wisdom, Sutras and Ancient Sacred texts www
Texts and sutras that make up eastern wisdom and mystical thought. Eastern Wisdom, Sutras and Ancient Sacred texts.
- Details Konkokyo www
Details beliefs, Konkokyo, organization, history, and offers graphical tour of its headquarters. Konkokyo.
- Official Jinja Honcho www
Official site of the Association of Shinto Shrines. Jinja Honcho.
- Online Belief System Selector www
Online questionnaire that rates religions by their compatibility with your beliefs. Belief System Selector.
- Online Serenity Beach www
Online spiritual retreat for encouragement, Beach, healing, spiritual growth. Serenity Beach.
- Alexa: Shintoism Religion and Spirituality
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Shintoism Religion and Spirituality
- DMOZ: Shintoism Religion and Spirituality
dmoz.org Directory: Shintoism Religion and Spirituality