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Shinto the Kami Way by Sokyo Ono, William P. Woodard, William P. Woodard, Sadao Sakamoto

"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.

Chapters include:

  • The Kami Way
  • Shrines
  • Worship and Festivals
  • Political and Social Characteristics
  • Some Spiritual Characteristics

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804835572
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 177,136
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sokyo Ono was a professor at Kokugakuin Daigaku, a Shinto university in Tokyo, and has lectured for the National Association of Shinto Shrines. He also served as Executive Director of the International Institute for the Study of Religions and the Japan Religious Cooperative Council

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

IThe Kami Way1
Types of Shinto
Shrines and Shrine Paraphernalia
Priests and Shrine Functionaries
Parishes and Parishioners
IIIWorship and Festivals50
Four Elements of Worship
Worship in the Home
Shrine Worship
IVPolitical and Social Characteristics72
Government Policy
The Arts
Economic Life
Relation with other Religions
Everyday Customs
VSome Spiritual Characteristics92
Transmission of the Faith
Shrines and Nature
Salvation and Death
Universality of Shinto

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