Shintoism Essay

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Shintoism is an ancient religion that originated in Japanese culture. Shinto is a general term for the activities of the people of Japanese descent to worship all the deities of heaven and earth, and at the end of the 6th century the Japanese were conscious of these activities and called them the “Way of Kami” (the deity or the deities)'. The practice of Shintoism finally recognized when Yomei, the 31st Emperor of Japan, prayed before an image of Buddha for the first time as an emperor for recovery of his illness. Then Yomei accepted Buddhism, a foreign religion, the Japanese realized existence of a tradition of their own faith.

The Shinto faith is based on Japanese mythology. One of the most important
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Also a fact that people of Shinto descent often express their wish to watch their descendants even after their death. These other worlds, however, are not described as Heaven or Hell. The Shinto believe these other worlds are no different at all from this world. It reflects a faith in the spirit of the dead who can visit this world if people make a ritual to revere the spirit, like the divine spirits visit this world whenever people show their reverence by holding festivals. There is also a faith in that Kami and ancestral spirits protect their descendants as far as the descendants continue to hold festivals. It can be said that Shinto is not a religion, which centralized its interests in the life after death, but in this world.

Shinto was originally a natural religion, which became into existence in a village community. So, the concept of a sin or of ethics is also formed according to the value system of the community: that is to wish prosperous continuation and development of the community. It is the same consciousness to hold rites and festivals. Accordingly the Shinto concept of the sin and also the concept of the Shinto ethics have no identical difference from the secular sin or social ethics, which is taught through the social education in order to, support the continuous development of the community. Historically, it was the time of Emperor Suiko, the 33rd
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