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"An excellently rounded introduction by an eminent Shinto scholar."—Library Journal
Shinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, continues to fascinate and mystify both the casual visitor to Japan and the long-time resident. Relatively unknown among the religions of the world, Shinto: The Kami Way provides an enlightening window into this Japanese faith.
In its general aspects, Shinto is more than a religious faith. It is an amalgam of attitudes, ideas, and ways of doing things that through two millennia and more have become an integral part of the manner of the Japanese people. Shinto is both a personal faith in the kami—objects of worship in Shinto and an honorific for noble, sacred spirits—and a communal way of life according to the mind of the kami. This introduction unveils Shinto's spiritual characteristics and discusses the architecture and function of Shinto shrines. Further examination of Shinto's lively festivals, worship, music, and sacred regalia illustrates Shinto's influence on all levels of Japanese life.
Fifteen photographs, numerous drawings and Dr. Ono's text introduce the reader to two millennia of indigenous Japanese belief in the kami and communal life.
- The Kami Way
- Worship and Festivals
- Political and Social Characteristics
- Some Spiritual Characteristics
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About the Author
William Woodard directed the research unit of the Religious and Cultural Resources Division, Civil Information and Education Section, SCAP from 1946 to 1952.
Table of Contents
|I||The Kami Way||1|
|Types of Shinto|
|Shrines and Shrine Paraphernalia|
|Priests and Shrine Functionaries|
|Parishes and Parishioners|
|III||Worship and Festivals||50|
|Four Elements of Worship|
|Worship in the Home|
|IV||Political and Social Characteristics||72|
|Relation with other Religions|
|V||Some Spiritual Characteristics||92|
|Transmission of the Faith|
|Shrines and Nature|
|Salvation and Death|
|Universality of Shinto|