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Title: Shinto (shin tao), the way of the kami


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Shinto (shin tao), the way of the kami
2
Izanagi and Izanami Origin story Pollution
and purification
3
Amaterasu, kami of the sun Susano-o, kami of the
storm Entertaining the kami at shrines
4
Jimmu, Japans first emperor Descent of
emperors (and Japanese in general) from kami
5
Kojiki (712) Nihon Shoki (720)
6
6th c. Start of appearance of other religions in
Japan, esp. Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism 1867-
1912 Reign of Emperor Meiji. Shinto becomes
linked to nationalism 1920s/1930s Shinto linked
to Japanese imperial ambitions 1946
Disestablishment of Shinto, incl. idea that
emperor is divine
7
Kami Spirits? Heavenly and Earthly
kami How do humans react? Places, natural
phenomena, animals, ancestors, guardians,
heroes, ghosts
8
Kami Immanent, promoting life, growth,
creativity, also suffering and
destruction Some greater than others Driving
force behind dynamic cosmic harmony
9
The human predicament Children of the
kami Humans naturally good and pure The
effects of misbehaviour/pollution Need for
purification, like Izanagi, outer and inner, on
communal and personal level
10
Worshipping the kami Offerings Music and
dance Prayers of praise, thanks,
petitions, vows Seeking return to
purity Individual, family and communal rituals
11
Kamidana Torii Ablution pavilion Worship
hall Priests Oracles
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