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Essentials Of Shinto

Essentials Of Shinto

by Stuart D. B. Picken
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313264317

ISBN-13: 9780313264313

Pub. Date: 11/30/1994

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Shinto is finally receiving the attention it deserves as a fundamental component of Japanese culture. Nevertheless, it remains a remarkably complex and elusive phenomenon to which Western categories of religion do not readily apply. A knowledge of Shinto can only proceed from a basic understanding of Japanese shrines and civilization, for it is closely intermingled

Overview

Shinto is finally receiving the attention it deserves as a fundamental component of Japanese culture. Nevertheless, it remains a remarkably complex and elusive phenomenon to which Western categories of religion do not readily apply. A knowledge of Shinto can only proceed from a basic understanding of Japanese shrines and civilization, for it is closely intermingled with the Japanese way of life and continues to be a vital natural religion. This book is a convenient guide to Shinto thought.

As a reference work, the volume does not offer a detailed critical study of all aspects of Shinto. Instead, it overviews the essential teachings of Shinto and provides the necessary cultural and historical context for understanding Shinto as a dynamic force in Japanese civilization. The book begins with an historical overview of Shinto, followed by a discussion of Japanese myths. The volume then discusses the role of shrines, which are central to Shinto rituals. Other portions of the book discuss the various Shinto sects and the evolution of Shinto from the Heian period to the present. Because Japanese terms are central to Shinto, the work includes a glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313264313
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1994
Series:
Resources in Asian Philosophy and Religion Series
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Guide to Romanization of Japanese Words

Preface

Introduction

History And Mythology

Historical Aspects of the Development of Shinto

Mythology

Imperial Household Shinto

Jinja Shinto

Shrines and Kami

Shrine Buildings (Jinja Shaden)

Rituals, Festivals (Matsuri), Liturgies (Norito), and thue Shinto Priesthood

Shinto Sects

Ky=oha (Sect) and Ts=wzoku (Folk) Shinto

Shinto and the New Religions

Shinto Thought

Academic Shinto

Shinto Ideas and Western Thought

Glossary of Japanese Terms and Expressions

Select Bibliography and Research Resources in English

Index

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