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Shinto the Kami Way - Sokyo Ono

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"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

"An excellently rounded introduction by an eminent Shinto scholar." -Library Journal

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Kami Wayp. 1
Introduction
Mythology
Kami
Scriptures
Types of Shinto
Organization
Shrinesp. 23
Shrines and Shrine Paraphernalia
Precincts
Architecture
Priests and Shrine Functionaries
Parishes and Parishioners
Worship and Festivalsp. 50
Worship
Four Elements of Worship
Worship in the Home
Shrine Worship
Festivals
Political and Social Characteristicsp. 72
Government Policy
The Arts
Economic Life
Relation with other Religions
Everyday Customs
Some Spiritual Characteristicsp. 92
Transmission of the Faith
Shrines and Nature
World
Man
Salvation and Death
Universality of Shinto
Indexp. 113
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ISBN: 9780804835572
ISBN-10: 0804835578
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 116
Published: 15th April 2004
Publisher: CHARLES E TUTTLE CO INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.45 x 13.34  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.2