Shinto Essay

2252 words - 9 pages

Shinto "The indigenous religion of Japan"Sadman AyubSummaryThis paper will take an in depth look at a very popular and sacred religion in the east, Japan in particular, and the religion being Shinto. Shinto does not have a founder nor does it have sacred scriptures like the Quran or the Bible. Propaganda and expansion are not common either, because Shinto is deeply rooted in the Japanese people and traditions."Shinto gods" are called kami. They are sacred spirits which take the form of things and concepts important to life, such as wind, rain, mountains, trees, and rivers. In contrast to many monotheist religions, there are no absolutes in Shinto. There is no absolute right and wrong, and nobody is perfect. Shinto is a positive faith, as humans are thought to be primarily good, and evil is believed to be caused by evil spirits. Therefore, the purpose of most Shinto rituals is to keep away evil spirits by purification, prayers and offerings to the kami.IntroductionShinto ("the Way of the Gods") is the native religion of Japan. It is a religion resulting from animist and shamanic practices (worship of the sun, nature and the ancestors in particular.) Its followers honor countless divinities called Kami (in general, personified nature's forces, but also sacred ancestors, trees, stones, objects, etc...). It does not have holly texts and its mythology is partly described in two fundamental books: the Kojiki and the Nihongi. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan.HistoryThe Shinto religion's bases were established in the Yayoi era (~300 BC - ~300 AD) and organized in the 7th century to distinguish Shinto from Buddhism, which lately arrived from Korea. It is in 712 and 720 that the Kojiki and the Nihongi were written, on the orders of the Emperor Temmu. The introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century was followed by a few initial conflicts, however, the two religions were soon able to co-exist harmoniously and even complement each other. Many Buddhists viewed the kami as manifestations of Buddhas.In the Meiji Period, Shinto was made Japan's state religion. Shinto priests became state officials, important shrines started to receive governmental funding, Japan's creation myths were used to promote the emperor, and efforts were made to separate and set free Shinto from Buddhism. After the military defeat and the collapse of the Shinto state in 1945, Shinto and the state were finally separated.BeliefsIs Shinto a religion?Shinto is often called the 'Japanese religion', and has been a big influence on Japanese culture and valued for over 2000 years. But some writers think that Shinto is more than just a religion, it's no more or less than the Japanese way of looking at the world, because rituals are given more importance than belief in Shinto. Japanese people don't usually think of Shinto specifically as a religion, it's simply an aspect of Japanese life. This has allowed Shinto to co-exist happily with Buddhism for centuries. Shinto is...

Find Another Essay On Shinto

Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Relationship to Shinto

1082 words - 5 pages , and tie-ins to the Shinto religion throughout Kannagi. Whether they are intentional or not, they are still present and can be used for analysis. The main characters in Kannagi are Nagi, Jin, Zange, and Tsugumi. Nagi is a goddess whose duty is to cleanse impurities. She meets Jin when she is brought into the story, and Jin helps her in her battle to cleanse the impurities. Jin Mikuriya is the boy who summoned Nagi by using wood from her sacred

Eastern Religions Elements Matrix (Confucianism and Shinto)

689 words - 3 pages Eastern Religions Elements Matrix (Confucianism and Shinto)Religion: Confucianism1.Country of origin : China2.Time of and key figures in origins: From the 2nd century BCE, Confucianism influenced behaviors of China politically, socially and intellectually.•c.551-479 Life of Confucius•c.390-305 Life of Mencius•c.340-245 Life of Hsun Tzu3.Other key figures and/or events from the origins to today:China faced a cultural revolution

Archetypes of Shinto and Ancient Greek Religion

815 words - 3 pages Most countries in the world have archetypes in their creation myths, even countries as distant from each other as Japan and Greece. Japan’s religion, Shinto, has stories about sibling marriages and casting deformed children away. Greek myths have similar plots in their stories. There are reasons why these two completely different cultures have similar stories. The next three paragraphs explain why there are archetypes and differences in creation

The Shinto vs. Genesis Creation Story

2192 words - 9 pages by loyal subjects. And it instituted a harsh rule of law which instigated the idea that if any part of you, mind or body, were to disobey it, you would be punished in the now and in the after. Nonetheless, the Christian telling of how our world came to be, although following a path negligent of the idea of a multilateral approach to understanding God, seems to carry some similarities to that of Shintoism. Or differences? The Shinto creation

Comparing Taoism, Hinduism, and Shinto religions

825 words - 3 pages Taoism, Hinduism, and Shinto ReligionsTaoism began about 11 th century BCE in China. Lao Tzu which means the Old Boy, the Old Fellow, or the Grand Old Master, originated the Taoism religion. The Tao sacred book is called Tao Te Ching. The place to want to be in the future is the ultimate reality that exceeds the reach of the senses, if revealed, it's sharpness fullness and glory could not be beared by the vision- no words can describe it, and it

The Shinto Creation Story and Genesis

2155 words - 9 pages by loyal subjects. And it instituted a harsh rule of law which instigated the idea that if any part of you, mind or body, were to disobey it, you would be punished in the now and in the after. Nonetheless, the Christian telling of how our world came to be, although following a path negligent of the idea of a multilateral approach to understanding God, seems to carry some similarities to that of Shintoism. Or differences? The Shinto creation story

Compare and contrast Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto - World Religions - Essay

1098 words - 5 pages Hannah Berndt Module 4 essay Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto all originated as east Asian religions and have developed greatly since their origination. Although each religion is separate and unique, all three share a few similarities. Daoism and Confucianism have many similarities but adding Shinto into the comparison decreases the number of parallels. All three religions, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto, place an emphasis on being good in the

Shinto and Rastafarianism in the Eyes of Max Weber

1726 words - 7 pages imperfections or by gaining mastery over the world to bring it into conformity with the ideal. He called it asceticism, by which he referred to all the religious attempts to fight the evils of life and transform the world. Religions that fall in this category include Shinto in Japan and Rastafarianism in Jamaica. Notwithstanding the geographical divide between the two, both religions have something in common. In Weberian perspective, the two had

The Pros of a Western Wedding over a Traditional Shinto Wedding

1496 words - 6 pages Many couples that come from a Japanese background are starting to prefer more of a western wedding than a traditional Shinto wedding. There are several reasons for couples prefer a western than Shinto wedding because they have a different views on marriage. In Japanese traditional wedding both style and culture are involved and that has been known for many years. There are two major differences between a Shinto marriage and western marriage

I got a 94 on this one my teacher says that my explaination of the shinto and buddhist religions were quite precise

1547 words - 6 pages Religion in Japanese HistoryShinto was the earliest Japanese religion, its obscure beginnings dating back at least to the middle of the first millennium B.C. Until the sixth century A.D., when the Japanese began a period of rapid adoption of continental civilization, it existed as an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism. The word Shinto, or "the Way of the kami (gods or spirits

Shintoism in History

957 words - 4 pages not a normal religion. In modern perspective, it resembles the views of many modern pagan religions—for instance Wicca—in the sense that it involves ideas like animism, shamanism and the existence of a spiritual world; nevertheless, Shintoism, unlike western modern paganism, is deeply rooted in Japanese culture including its literature. Shintoism has no founder ,and the history behind the technicalities of the rise of Shinto are rather obscure

Similar Essays

Shinto Religion Essay

1017 words - 5 pages The Shinto religion is an extremely important aspect of the Japanese culture and for many, a way of life. Shinto is the indigenous faith of the Japanese people and is Japan’s oldest religion. It incorporates the ways of ancient Japan with the practices of modern Japanese society. The values and customs of the Shinto religion are connected to those from the Japanese culture. Because ritual rather than belief is the main focus of Shinto, Japanese

The Shinto Religion Essay

1035 words - 5 pages The Shinto religion is not a spiritual faith but more of a ritualistic way of life. Shinto or way of the gods, was not an established uniform religion until the 6th century c.e. after Buddhism was introduced into Japan through Korea in 538 c.e. However, the Shinto faith begins over a thousand years earlier around 660 b.c. when the world was still pure chaos. The two deities responsible for bringing order were Izanagi and his wife Izanami

Hinduism, Buddhism, And Shinto Essay

1321 words - 5 pages Hinduism, Buddhism and Shinto, while vast in differences there is much to learn about these three religions similarities as well. Some facts and history of Hinduism include, Hinduism (being the oldest of the three) is dated back in pre-history before 10000 BC even believed to predate the Indus River Valley Civilization! The Vedas (the holy text of Hinduism) is the foundation for Indian culture and also the basic belief system of Hinduism. The

Shinto As The Way Of Gods

1979 words - 8 pages Shinto is the faith of the Japanese people and as old as Japan herself. Shinto is the main religion of Japanese people besides Buddhism. Shinto is rooted in the beliefs and traditions of Japanese nation. Shinto has no script like Christianity has the bible yet it does not have a founder. It only has a very loosely-organized priesthood. We can not regard Shinto as an 'ism' indeed it's only a teaching. We can say that it's the all-pervading way