A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine

A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine
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What we today call Shinto has been at the heart of Japanese culture for almost as long as there has been a political entity distinguishing itself as Japan. A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine describes the ritual cycle at Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki’s major Shinto shrine. Conversations with priests, other shrine personnel, and people attending shrine functions supplement John K. Nelson’s observations of over fifty shrine rituals and festivals. He elicits their views on the meaning and personal relevance of the religious events and the place of Shinto and Suwa Shrine in Japanese society, culture, and politics…..

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Shinto: The Ancient Religion Of Japan

Shinto: The Ancient Religion Of Japan
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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Armor of Amaterasu Ohkami

The Armor of Amaterasu Ohkami
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The Armor of Amaterasu Ohkami is a collection of essays on the advanced practices of Shinto Magic, according to the Art of Ninzuwu Tradition. The reader should have a working knowledge of the Art of Ninzuwu and its philosophy. This text is not for the beginner. It can, however, be used as a reference for those interested in Esoteric Shinto.

The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart

The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
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In The Essence of Shinto, revered Shinto master Motohisa Yamakage explains the core values of Shinto and explores both basic tenets and its more esoteric points in terms readily accessible to the modern Western reader. He shows how the long history of Shintoism is deeply woven into the fabric of Japanese spirituality and mythology–indeed, it is regarded as Japan’s very spiritual roots–and discusses its role in modern Japan and the world. He also carefully analyzes the relationship of the spirit and the soul, which will provide informed and invaluable insight into how spirituality affects our daily existence. Through the author’s….

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Shinto and Japanese New Religions (Religion, Scriptures & Spirituality)

Shinto and Japanese New Religions (Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality)
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The traditional religion known as Shinto has been present in Japan since prehistoric times. Shrine Shinto, centered around local shrines and seasonal festivals, has greatly influenced Japanese culture. Sect Shinto is characterized by more highly organized institutions, while folk Shinto consists of beliefs and practices in the home.

Spirit Tree: Origins of Cosmology in Shinto Ritual at Hakozaki

Spirit Tree: Origins of Cosmology in Shinto Ritual at Hakozaki
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Despite what some scholarship has suggested, Shintô does exhibit a unifying cognitive integrity. Spirit Tree offers a unique social psychological interpretation of Shintô ritual at the Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan and situates the cosmological organization of this practice within the larger context of ritual in East Asia. Employing a comparative approach, this study blends two theoretical orientations: cultural anthropology and Jungian psychology. Hakozaki’s rituals are a combination of a Yayoi period female medium tradition with a complex set of Chinese Yin-Yang Five Phase principles. Both systems are based on the feminine archetype, a fundamental conceptual foundation of Shintô….

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Kogoshui: Gleanings from Ancient Stories (Forgotten Books)

Kogoshui: Gleanings from Ancient Stories (Forgotten Books)
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This work, in one volume, was presented to the court by Inbe no Hironari on the thirteenth day of the second month of 807. Kogoshui was written by Hironari, a member of the Inbe, who, along with the Nakatomi, were in charge of festival rites at court from ancient times. Hironari included old traditions that had not been included in the official histories of the court along with the origins of festivals as well as the appropriate nature of certain festivals. Hironari expressed his indignation regarding variations in precedents and disarray in the administration of the festivals for local kami…..

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