ISBN-10: 1857334337

ISBN-13: 9781857334333

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ian Reader

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This pocket-sized paperback is ideal for travellers, students and spiritual seekers. Simple Guides Shinto will help you to appreciate the cultural significance of Shinto, understand what goes on in Shinto Shrines and in Shinto rituals, recognize the key traditions and festivals of the Shinto year. The guide will also help you to gain insight into the controversies surrounding Shinto, politics and nationalism. Contents: Introduction (including New Year's Festival and What Shinto Is Not) bull; Shinto and its Japanese setting (including Threat of New Gods and Triumph of Buddhism) bull; Kami, Myths and Meanings (including Important Kami in Shinto Tradition) bull; Shinto in Japanese Religious History (including Shinto- Buddhist Interactions) bull; Shinto Shrines (including Signs of the Sacred and Important Shrines and Locations) bull; Life-cycles Festivals and Rituals (including Yearly Cycle of Events and Shinto Rituals) bull; Prayers and Communication with Kami (including Symbolic Meanings and Sincerity and Gratitude) bull; Shinto, Nationalism and Yasukuni Shrine (including Political Manoeuvres and opposition) bull; Shinto in the Modern World (including Rise and Challenge of New Religions)
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List price: $10.95
Publisher: Kuperard Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Reader teaches at the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Sterling, Scotland, and until recently was also a senior research fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen.

Map of Japan
Terms for Shinto Shrines
Torii - the Shinto Gateway
Meiji Jingu Shrine
New Year's Festival
What Shinto Is Not!
Shinto and its Japanese Setting
Absorbing External Influences
Shinto: An Indigenous Religion?
Shinto: A Modern Phenomenon?
Early Japanese Religion and Entry of Buddhism
Threat of New Gods and Triumph of Buddhism
Development and Meaning of Word 'Shinto'
Ideograms for Word 'Shinto'
Kami, Myths and Meanings
Forms of Kami
Relationship of Humans and Kami
Some Important Kami in Shinto Tradition
Shinto Foundation Myths
Story of Izanagi and Izanami
Heavenly Siblings: Story of Amaterasu and Susanoo
Myths of Imperial Descent
Basic Themes of Shinto
Maintaining Life in This World
Religious Practice and Purification
Shinto in Japanese Religious History
Shinto-Buddhist Interactions
Todaiji Temple
Watarai Shinto
Meiji Restoration and Shinto
Post-War Era and Shinto Disestablishment
Dynamics of Japanese Religious World
Shinto Shrines
Types and Structures of Shrines
Signs of the Sacred
Shimenawa - Sacred Rope
Shrine Buildings and Inner Sanctuaries
Important Shrines and Locations
October 'Meeting of Kami'
Shrine Animals
Shrine Officiants
Life-Cycles, Festivals and Rituals
Yearly Cycle of Events
Important Life-Cycle Rituals and Festivals
Festivals: Matsuri
Tanabata Festival, Sendai
Shinto Rituals
Praying to the Kami
Prayers and Communications with the Kami
Turning to the Gods
Sincerity and Gratitude
Objects and their Meanings
Omamori and Fuda
Symbolic Meanings
Shinto, Nationalism and Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine
Political Manoeuvres and Opposition
Shinto in the Modern World
An Uneven Picture
Rise and Challenge of New Religions
An Unclear Future
Further Reading
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