A New History of Shinto / Edition 1

A New History of Shinto / Edition 1

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A New History of Shinto / Edition 1

A New History of Shinto is an accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day.

The authors explore the various shrines, myths, and rituals of pre-Shinto worship, examining the processes by which they were then interpreted as Shinto and merged into the notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today. Key moments in Shinto's long evolutionary process are identified and discussed, including the Meiji Revolution of 1868 and other crucial junctures in Japan's medieval and early modern periods. Drawing on original research, this enlightening book encapsulates Shinto’s long history and continuing influence.

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ISBN-13: 9781405155151
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Series: Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion Series , #16
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Conventions and Abbreviations Used in the Text vii

Prologue ix

1 An Alternative Approach to the History of Shinto 1

2 Kami Shrines, Myths, and Rituals in Premodern Times 24

3 The History of a Shrine: Hie 66

4 The History of a Myth: The Sun-Goddess and the Rock-Cave 129

5 The Daijosai: A "Shinto" Rite of Imperial Accession 168

6 Issues in Contemporary Shinto 199

Conclusion 221

Notes 229

References 242

Index 253

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