Shinto A Short History
"Shinto - A Short History "provides an introductory outline of the historical development of Shinto from the ancient period of Japanese history until the present day. Shinto does not offer a readily identifiable set of teachings, rituals or More...
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"Shinto - A Short History "provides an introductory outline of the historical development of Shinto from the ancient period of Japanese history until the present day. Shinto does not offer a readily identifiable set of teachings, rituals or beliefs; individual shrines and kami deities have led their own lives, not within the confines of a narrowly defined Shinto, but rather as participants in a religious field that included Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and folk elements. Thus, this book approaches Shinto as a series of historical 'religious systems' rather than attempting to identify a timeless 'Shinto essence'. This history focuses on three aspects of Shinto practice: the people involved in shrine worship, the institutional networks that ensured continuity, and teachings and rituals. By following the interplay between these aspects in different periods, a pattern of continuity and discontinuity is revealed that challenges received understandings of the history of Shinto. This book does not presuppose prior knowledge of Japanese religion, and is easily accessible for those new to the subject.
Translators' introduction Mark Teeuwen and John Breen Introduction. What is Shinto? Inoue Nobutaka Shinto as a Religious SystemThe East-Asian Sphere of Religious Culture and Shinto 1. Ancient and classical Japan: the dawn of Shinto Mori Mizue Ritual Sites and Kami CultsMatsurigoto: Ritual and Political PowerEmperor Jinmu: Clan Alliances and LegendThe Descent from Heaven and the Succession Ceremonies of the Son of the SunThe Ministry of Kami AffairsShrines: The Kami and the Ritsury' StateThe Ritsury' System and the Emergence of Clan Deities Misogi and Harae 2. The Medieval Period: The Kami Merge with Buddhism It' Satoshi Official Shrine Worship in the Medieval PeriodAmalgamation of Kami Cults and BuddhismThe Kami as Emanations of Buddhist DivinitiesJapan as a "Land of the Gods"Ry'bu Shinto: Buddhist Speculations around IseSann' Shinto and the "Medieval Nihongi"Kamakura Buddhism and the KamiShugendoThe "Way of Yin and Yang" Ema Omikuji 3. The Early Modern Period: In Search of a Shinto Identity End' Jun Yoshida Shinto: Re-organising Shrines and Their PriestsThe T'sh'g Shrine in Nikk' and the Deification of the Political EliteThe Edo Bakufu and the Control of Shrines and their PriestsShinto and the Populace: The Spread of Ritual and Teachings Ujigami and Ubusunagami Juke Shinto: Shinto and Confucian RationalitySuika Shinto: The Subtle Linkage between Shinto and Confucianism Shins'sai : Shinto and FuneralsConfraternities ( k' ) and Fashionable Deities: The Birth of Cross-regional Religious Communities Shichi-go-san National Learning ( kokugaku ): Development of a Shinto-based Learning 4. The Modern Age: Shinto Confronts Modernity Inoue Nobutaka The Modern Shrine System: Shrine Shinto and the Ritual of the Meiji StateThe Modern Emperor System: The Emperor and his Sacred Attributes Jinja honch' : The Separation of Religion and State, Freedom of Religion and the Restructuring of the Shrine System in Postwar JapanOverseas ShrinesShrine EtiquetteThe Shrine Priesthood TodaySect Shinto: The Restoration Government and the Creation of Sect ShintoShinto-derived new Religions: New Multitudes of KamiThe Overseas Dissemination of Shinto-derived New ReligionsShinto Customs: "Folk Shinto" Practices in Contemporary Japanese Society Selected ReadingIndex