Shinto Religion

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Shinto is an ethnic, Japanese religion. Shinto is also referred to as Kam-no-Michi: “the way of Gods.” It is an assortment of beliefs and ritual practices focused on creating a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past. Early Shinto practices were first recorded in the 8th century, but these writings did not refer to Shinto necessarily as “organized religion” but rather a collection of beliefs and mythology. Shintos believes that nature is exact with the divine. Shinto collections contains myths of the origin of Japan and its people together with their classic practices and rituals. However, due to the rise of Buddhism, the Shinto religion was overshadowed for quite some time. Political leaders in Japan identified the Shinto …show more content…
It wasn’t until later when both Shinto and Buddhists priests were treated equally. The Shinto recovery fall and Buddhism remained silent until Christianity increased it into a rejuvenated activity.
Three forms of the Shinto existed during the nineteenth century. Domestic Shinto: where households build a shelf for offerings to recall the spirits of ancestors and more so local spirits. The second was the sectarian Shinto and as time went by, mountain climbing emerged where they climbed mountains to give tribute to the spirit of the mountain for purification and healing. Around 1930 the Japanese government saw the need for religions to be registered and 13 Shinto sectarians recognized. In the 19th and the 20th century, the Emperor announced control over traditional convents, hence leading to the emergence of the Shinto. Although Shinto was declared a religion, some Buddhism believers did not agree with the idea so they formed a movement known as “Imperial Way Buddhism.” This movement disputed that Buddhism was exceptional to all other religions and identified it with the nation and the emperor. Therefore worshiping the monarch was the same as honoring the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the Buddhism gods. In 1938, an association recognized
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Confucianism views tian as the divine entity that provides order throughout the cosmos. Again, this also references back to Confucianism’s belief in one god. Sometimes tian was widely used for the term “heaven.” This is stretched a bit by Taoists as they believe there are many different layers to “heaven” and the cosmos. In summary, Confucianism is not just a teaching of good ethics and government but is enlightened by a deep religious faith in a divine absolute. Daoism is not restrained to the abstract discussions of the Zhuangzi or the Daodejing, but is richly enlightened by a detailed belief in the cosmological importance of the human

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