History of Shinto
Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion. Its name was derived from the
Chinese "shin tao" (The Way of the Gods) in the 8th Century CE. At that
A separation of Japanese religion and politics did not occur until
just after World War II.
- Members of the Yamoto tribe became the ceremonial leaders in
- Divine origins were ascribed to the imperial family.
- Shinto became the official religion of Japan
Shinto Beliefs and Practices
- Shinto does not have a fully developed theology
- Morality is based upon that which is of benefit to the group
- Ancestors are revered and worshipped
- Ceremonies, which include offerings and prayers, are directed to the
Kami (nature deities)
- Shinto recognizes many sacred places: mountains, springs, etc
- Members are expected to visit Shinto shrines at various life passages
Many texts are valued in the Shinto religion:
- The Rokkokushi (Six National Histories) from the 8th century
- The Shoku Nihongi (Continuing Chronicles of Japan) also from the
- The Jinno Shotiki (a study of Shinto and Japanese politics and
history) was written in the 14th century
Divisions among Shinto
Approximately 100 years ago, Shinto was divided into:
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