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The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as Abrahamism, are a group of Semitic-originated religious communities of faith that claim descent from the practices of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of Abraham.
In philosophy, the concept of The Absolute, also known as The (Unconditioned) Ultimate, The Wholly Other, The Supreme Being, The Absolute/Ultimate Reality, and other names, is the thing, being, entity, power, force, reality, presence, law, principle, etc.
Aesthetics (also spelled esthetics) is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty.
Ainu (Ainu: アイヌ・イタㇰ Aynu.
The Ainu or the Aynu (Ainu アィヌ ''Aynu''; Japanese: アイヌ Ainu; Russian: Айны Ajny), in the historical Japanese texts the Ezo (蝦夷), are an indigenous people of Japan (Hokkaido, and formerly northeastern Honshu) and Russia (Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, and formerly the Kamchatka Peninsula).
,, or is a deity of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion.
is the goddess of dawn, mirth and revelry in the Shinto religion of Japan, and the wife of fellow-god Sarutahiko Ōkami.
Amenominakanushi (天御中主 or 天之御中主神 "Heavenly Ancestral God of the Originating Heart of the Universe") is, according to the Kojiki, the first kami, and the source of the universe according to Shinto.
An amulet is an object that is typically worn on one's person, that some people believe has the magical or miraculous power to protect its holder, either to protect them in general or to protect them from some specific thing; it is often also used as an ornament though that may not be the intended purpose of it.
Animism (from Latin anima, "breath, spirit, life") is the religious belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence.
Anito, also spelled anitu, refers to ancestor spirits, nature spirits, and deities (diwata) in the indigenous animistic religions of precolonial Philippines.
Apotheosis (from Greek ἀποθέωσις from ἀποθεοῦν, apotheoun "to deify"; in Latin deificatio "making divine"; also called divinization and deification) is the glorification of a subject to divine level.
The is a religious administrative organisation that oversees about 80,000 Shinto shrines in Japan.
is a Shinto shrine traditionally believed to have been established during the reign of Emperor Keikō (71-130) located in Atsuta-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture in Japan.
is a prefecture on Kyushu region of Japan.
is a divinity (kami) in Japanese Shinto.
, also known as, is a Shinto shrine located in Sakurai, Nara, Japan.
is one of ten wards of the city of Saitama, in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is located in the northeastern part of the city.
is a Shinto shrine in Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.
Baekje (18 BC – 660 AD) was a kingdom located in southwest Korea.
The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans.
The Big Dipper (US) or the Plough (UK) is an asterism consisting of seven bright stars of the constellation Ursa Major; six of them are of second magnitude and one, Megrez (δ), of third magnitude.
The Black Ships (in 黒船, kurofune, Edo-period term) was the name given to Western vessels arriving in Japan in the 16th and 19th centuries.
In religion, a blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will.
Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century.
In Buddhism, buddhahood (buddhatva; buddhatta or italic) is the condition or rank of a buddha "awakened one".
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.
Buddhism in Japan has been practiced since its official introduction in 552 CE according to the Nihon Shoki from Baekje, Korea, by Buddhist monks.
Buddhist temples are, together with Shinto shrines, considered to be among the most numerous, famous, and important religious buildings in Japan.
Cambridge is an affluent town in Washington County, New York, United States.
The was promulgated at the enthronement of Emperor Meiji of Japan on 6 April 1868 in Kyoto Imperial Palace.
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region, and the Greater Tokyo Area.
Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.
The is a Japanese Shinto shrine at Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture.
Chinese folk religion (Chinese popular religion) or Han folk religion is the religious tradition of the Han people, including veneration of forces of nature and ancestors, exorcism of harmful forces, and a belief in the rational order of nature which can be influenced by human beings and their rulers as well as spirits and gods.
Chinese is a group of related, but in many cases mutually unintelligible, language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family.
Chinese philosophy originates in the Spring and Autumn period and Warring States period, during a period known as the "Hundred Schools of Thought", which was characterized by significant intellectual and cultural developments.
ChristianityFrom Ancient Greek Χριστός Khristós (Latinized as Christus), translating Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, Māšîăḥ, meaning "the anointed one", with the Latin suffixes -ian and -itas.
Cleyera japonica (sakaki) is a flowering evergreen tree native to warm areas of Japan, Taiwan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, and northern India (Min and Bartholomew 2015).
A conduit, in esoterism, and spiritual discourse, is a specific object, person, location, or process (such as engaging in a séance or entering a trance) which allows a person to connect or communicate with a spiritual realm, metaphysical energy, or spiritual entity, or vice versa.
Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is described as tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life.
The cosmos is the universe.
A creation myth (or cosmogonic myth) is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.
The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, from the country's prehistoric time Jōmon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America.
is a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.
is a generic name for a type of Shinto kami popularly worshipped in Kantō and neighboring areas where, as tutelary deities of borders, they are believed to protect travelers and villages from epidemics and evil spirits.
The, also known as the Department of Shinto Affairs, was a Japanese Imperial bureaucracy established in the 8th century, as part of the ritsuryō reforms.
Divination (from Latin divinare "to foresee, to be inspired by a god", related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.
In religion, divinity or godhead is the state of things that are believed to come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy.
The term dogma is used in pejorative and non-pejorative senses.
Dol hareubangs, also called tol harubangs, hareubangs, or harubangs, are large rock statues found on Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea.
The or is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyō.
Elysium or the Elysian Fields (Ἠλύσιον πεδίον., Ēlýsion pedíon) is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults.
are small wooden plaques, common to Japan, in which Shinto and Buddhist worshippers write prayers or wishes.
, also known as Homutawake or, was the 15th emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō):; retrieved 2013-8-26.
was the 50th emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō):; retrieved 2013-8-22.
was the 121st emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): according to the traditional order of succession.
, or, was the 122nd Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from February 3, 1867 until his death on July 29, 1912.
was the 42nd emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō):; retrieved 2013-8-22.
was the 45th emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): according to the traditional order of succession.
was the 40th emperor of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō):; retrieved 2013-8-22.
The was the historical nation-state and great power that existed from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the enactment of the 1947 constitution of modern Japan.
, also known as Empress Genmyō, was the 43rd monarch of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō):; retrieved 2013-8-22.
was the 41st monarch of Japan,Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): according to the traditional order of succession.
The is a Japanese book about laws and customs.
In philosophy, essence is the property or set of properties that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.
Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.
Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group.
is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto, Japan.
In Japanese mythology, is a kami of swords, thus his Shinto priests are supposed to always wear Nihontō with them, at least in the shrine.
Gassan Shrine (月山神社, Gassan jinja) is a Shinto shrine on Mount Gassan in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.
Gaya was a Korean confederacy of territorial polities in the Nakdong River basin of southern Korea, growing out of the Byeonhan confederacy of the Samhan period.
Genealogy (from γενεαλογία from γενεά, "generation" and λόγος, "knowledge"), also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history.
In mythology, the Greek underworld is an otherworld where souls go after death.
In Japanese beliefs, is the syncretic divinity of archery and war, incorporating elements from both Shinto and Buddhism.
In Shinto shrine architecture, the is the hall of worship or oratory.
The was an unofficial of Emperor TenmuNussbaum, Louis-Frédéric.
Harae or harai (祓 or 祓い) is the general term for rituals of purification in Shinto.
Hari-Kuyō (針供養) is the Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Festival of Broken Needles, celebrated on February 8 in the Kanto region, but on December 8 in the Kyoto and Kansai regions.
A harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region.
The is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185.
The is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan.
A is the part within a Shinto shrine's compound used to house offerings.
, was the capital city of Japan during most of the Nara period, from 710–40 and again from 745–84.
is a Japanese Shinto shrine in Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture.
Hindu refers to any person who regards themselves as culturally, ethnically, or religiously adhering to aspects of Hinduism.
was a Japanese scholar, conventionally ranked as one of the Four Great Men of Kokugaku (nativist) studies, and one of the most significant theologians of the Shintō religion.
was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 25 December 1926, until his death on 7 January 1989.
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island.
History (from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past as it is described in written documents.
The earliest known written records of the history of China date from as early as 1250 BC,William G. Boltz, Early Chinese Writing, World Archaeology, Vol.
The first human habitation in the Japanese archipelago has been traced to prehistoric times.
Hitorigami (独神) are Shinto deities (kami) who came into being alone, as opposed to those who came into being as male-female pairs.
The is a Shinto shrine located in Sapporo, Japan.
The, also called or sometimes, as in Ise Shrine's case, is the most sacred building at a Shinto shrine, intended purely for the use of the enshrined kami, usually symbolized by a mirror or sometimes by a statue.
The term in Japanese religious terminology refers to a theory widely accepted until the Meiji period according to which Indian Buddhist deities choose to appear in Japan as native kami to more easily convert and save the Japanese.
Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaiokinai.
The is an imperial rescript issued by the Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) as part of a New Year’s statement on 1 January 1946 at the request of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.
is a Shinto shrine in the Chūō Ward of Kobe, Japan, and is possibly among the oldest shrines in the country.
The, also referred to as the Imperial Family and the Yamato Dynasty, comprises those members of the extended family of the reigning Emperor of Japan who undertake official and public duties.
The was signed by Emperor Meiji of Japan on 30 October 1890 to articulate government policy on the guiding principles of education on the Empire of Japan.
An incantation, enchantment, or magic spell is a set of words, spoken or unspoken, which are considered by its user to invoke some magical effect.
The, located in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture of Japan, is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu.
, formerly called Ujiyamada (宇治山田), is a city located on the eastern tip of Kii Peninsula, in central Mie Prefecture (formally in Ise Province), on the island of Honshū, Japan, facing Ise Bay.
IslamThere are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is or, and whether the a is pronounced, or (when the stress is on the first syllable) (Merriam Webster).
is a Shinto shrine located in the hills of Furu in Tenri (former Yamabe District) in Nara prefecture, Japan.
Ithaca, Ithaki or Ithaka (Greek: Ιθάκη, Ithakē) is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece.
Ithaca is a city in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate.
Main gate of the Iwashimizu Hachimangū is a Shinto shrine in the city of Yawata in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
is a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology and Shinto, and his name in the Kojiki is roughly translated to as "he-who-invites" or Izanagi-no-mikoto.
In Japanese mythology, Izanami no mikoto (伊弉冉尊 or 伊邪那美命, meaning "she who invites") is a goddess of both creation and death, as well as the former wife of the god Izanagi-no-mikoto.
The Izumo Taishakyo Mission is a Shinto shrine located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.
is a city in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
, officially Izumo Ōyashiro, is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan.
Japan (日本; Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 or Nihon-koku, lit. "State of Japan") is a sovereign island country in East Asia.
The is the group of islands that forms the country of Japan, and extends roughly from northeast to southwest along the northeastern coast of the Eurasia mainland, washing upon the northwestern shores of the Pacific Ocean.
A Japanese funeral (葬儀 sōgi or 葬式 sōshiki) includes a wake, the cremation of the deceased, a burial in a family grave, and a periodic memorial service.
is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language.
Japanese mythology embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculturally-based folk religion.
is the nationalism that asserts that the Japanese are a nation and promotes the cultural unity of the Japanese.
Japanese new religions are new religious movements established in Japan.
The is the time in Japanese prehistory, traditionally dated between 14,000–300 BCE, recently refined to about 1000 BCE, during which Japan was inhabited by a hunter-gatherer culture, which reached a considerable degree of sedentism and cultural complexity.
is a Japanese historical book written by Kitabatake Chikafusa.
, referred to as in the Kojiki, and or in the Nihon-Shoki, is the kami of fire in Japanese mythology.
Kagura (神楽, かぐら, "god-entertainment") is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance—with roots arguably predating those of Noh.
is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
are the spirits or phenomena that are worshipped in the religion of Shinto.
are miniature household altars provided to enshrine a Shinto kami.
A kamuy (カムィ; 神威 or 神居) is a spiritual or divine being in Ainu mythology, a term denoting a supernatural entity composed of or possessing spiritual energy.
Kanji (漢字) are the adopted logographic Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system.
A, also called, is the person responsible for the maintenance of a as well as for leading worship of a given kami.
Karma (karma,; italic) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).
is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan.
The is a Shintō shrine in the city of Katori in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Kūkai (空海), also known posthumously as, 774–835, was a Japanese Buddhist monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, and artist who founded the Shingon or "True Word" school of Buddhism.
is the Japanese term for a state of pollution and defilement, important particularly in Shinto as a religious term.
refers to the original animism of Jōmon period Japan which is the alleged basis of modern Shinto.
Kodama (木霊, 木魂 or 木魅) are spirit in Japanese folklore that inhabit trees, similar to the dryads of Greek mythology.
are megalithic tombs or tumuli in Japan, constructed between the early 3rd century and the early 7th century AD.
, also sometimes read as Furukotofumi, is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, dating from the early 8th century (711–712) and composed by Ō no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei with the purpose of sanctifying the imperial court's claims to supremacy over rival clans.
Kokugaku (kyūjitai: 國學/shinjitai: 国学; literally national study) was an academic movement, a school of Japanese philology and philosophy originating during the Tokugawa period.
, or just Konkō, is a religion and spiritual way of living of Japanese origin.
Korean shamanism, also known as Shinism (Hangul 신교, Hanja 神敎; Shingyo or Shinkyo, "religion of the spirits/gods"), or Shindo (Hangul: 신도; Hanja: 神道, "way of the spirits/gods"), is the collective term for the ethnic religions of Korea which date back to prehistory, and consist in the worship of gods (신 shin) and ancestors (조상 josang).
In Shinto, is the collective name for the first gods which came into existence at the time of the creation of the universe.
A is a type of Shinto shrine which enshrines the three Kumano mountains: Hongū, Shingū, and Nachi.
is a legendary Japanese sword and one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan.
, officially, is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan.
On June 17, 1895 (Meiji 28), Taiwan came under the rule of the Empire of Japan.
The is the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, compiled sometime after AD 759 during the Nara period.
The, also known as the Meiji era, is a Japanese era which extended from October 23, 1868, to July 30, 1912.
The, also known as the Meiji Ishin, Renovation, Revolution, Reform, or Renewal, was an event that restored practical imperial rule to the Empire of Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji.
, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
In Shinto, a miko (巫女) is a shrine (jinja) maidenGroemer, 28.
The is a cabinet-level ministry in the Government of Japan.
is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.
is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice.
was a Japanese scholar of Kokugaku active during the Edo period.
A myriad (from Ancient Greek label) is technically the number ten thousand; in that sense, the term is used almost exclusively in translations from Greek, Latin, or Chinese, or when talking about ancient Greek numbers.
Mythology refers variously to the collected myths of a group of people or to the study of such myths.
is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan.
The of the history of Japan covers the years from AD 710 to 794.
is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan.
Some of the National Treasures of Japan A National Treasure (国宝: kokuhō) is the most precious of Japan's Tangible Cultural Properties, as determined and designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (a subsidiary of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
The City of New York, often called New York City (NYC) or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.
The, sometimes translated as The Chronicles of Japan, is the second-oldest book of classical Japanese history.
is a Tōshō-gū Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
are random fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan.
is a type of household amulet or talisman, issued by a Shinto shrine, hung in the house for protection, a. It may also be called.
are Japanese amulets commonly sold at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, dedicated to particular Shinto kami as well as Buddhist figures, and are said to provide various forms of luck or protection.
Omoikane (思兼 or 思金) is a Shinto god of wisdom and intelligence.
, also known as, is a religion founded in 1892 by Deguchi Nao (1836–1918), often categorised as a new Japanese religion originated from Shinto.
() is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan.
Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press.
Oxford is a town in Chenango County, New York, United States.
A pantheon (from Greek πάνθεον pantheon, literally "(a temple) of all gods", "of or common to all gods" from πᾶν pan- "all" and θεός theos "god") is the particular set of all gods of any polytheistic religion, mythology, or tradition.
Polaris, designated Alpha Ursae Minoris (Ursae Minoris, abbreviated Alpha UMi, UMi), commonly the North Star or Pole Star, is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor.
Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County.
The Quran (القرآن, literally meaning "the recitation"; also romanized Qur'an or Koran) is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God (Allah).
is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology.
Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious concept that an aspect of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death.
Religion in Japan is dominated by Shinto (the ethnic religion of the Japanese people) and by Buddhism.
Religiosity is difficult to define, but different scholars have seen this concept as broadly about religious orientations and involvement.
is a general term for Japan's six national histories chronicling the mythology and history of Japan from the earliest times to 887.
is the historical law system based on the philosophies of Confucianism and Chinese Legalism in Japan.
A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence".
Ritual purification is the purification ritual prescribed by a religion by which a person about to perform some ritual is considered to be free of uncleanliness, especially prior to the worship of a deity, and ritual purity is a state of ritual cleanliness.
Rudolf Otto (25 September 1869 – 6 March 1937) was an eminent German Lutheran theologian, philosopher, and comparative religionist.
The city of Rutland is the seat of Rutland County, Vermont, United States.
The Ryukyuan religion, Ryukyu Shinto (琉球神道), Nirai Kanai Shinkou (ニライカナイ信仰), or Utaki Shinkou (御嶽信仰) is the indigenous belief system of the Ryukyu Islands.
Sacred means revered due to sanctity and is generally the state of being perceived by religious individuals as associated with divinity and considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspiring awe or reverence among believers.
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region.
, also spelled saké, also referred to as a Japanese rice wine, is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran.
was the isolationist foreign policy of the Japanese Tokugawa shogunate under which relations and trade between Japan and other countries were severely limited, nearly all foreigners were barred from entering Japan, and common Japanese people were kept from leaving the country for a period of over 220 years.
is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.
Secularity (adjective form secular, from Latin saeculum meaning "worldly", "of a generation", "temporal", or a span of about 100 years) is the state of being separate from religion, or of not being exclusively allied with or against any particular religion.
is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, the largest city in the Tōhoku region, and the second largest city north of Tokyo.
is the memorial shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
The, or Shōwa era, refers to the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, from December 25, 1926 until his death on January 7, 1989.
is a zigzag-shaped paper streamer, often seen attached to shimenawa or tamagushi, and used in Shinto rituals.
The Japanese term indicates the separation of Shinto from Buddhism, introduced after the Meiji Restoration which separated Shinto kami from buddhas, and also Buddhist temples from Shinto shrines, which were originally amalgamated.
Shinbutsu-shūgō (神仏習合, "syncretism of kami and buddhas"), also called Shinbutsu-konkō (神仏混淆, "jumbling up" or "contamination of kami and buddhas"), is the syncretism of Buddhism and kami worship that was Japan's only organized religion up until the Meiji period.
In Shinto,, or when the honorific prefix go- is used, are physical objects worshipped at or near Shinto shrines as repositories in which spirits or kami reside.
Some examples of Shinto architecture Shinto architecture is the architecture of Japanese Shinto shrines.
The Shinto Directive was an order issued in 1945 to the Japanese government by Occupation authorities to abolish state support for the Shinto religion.
Shinto is frequently a theme in Japanese popular culture, including film, manga, anime, and video games.
Shinto in Taiwan has its origins in the beginning of the 50-year Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan in 1895 when the Empire of Japan brought their state religion, Shinto, to the island.
Shinto music is the ceremonial and festive music of, the native religion of Japan.
, the folk religion of Japan, developed a diversity of schools and sects, outbranching from the original Koshintō (ancient Shintō) since Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century.
A is a structure whose main purpose is to house ("enshrine") one or more kami.
Important Cultural Property Natural Monument is a Shinto shrine in the city of Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan.
The is an imperially commissioned Japanese history text.
is a highly syncretic religion that originated in Heian Japan.
A spirit is a supernatural being, often but not exclusively a non-physical entity; such as a ghost, fairy, or angel.
Spirit possession is a term for the belief that animas, aliens, demons, extraterrestrials, gods, or spirits can take control of a human body.
describes the Empire of Japan's ideological use of the native folk traditions of Shinto.
, also known as or, was a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period of Japan.
, also known as and Kumano Ketsumiko no kami at Kumano shrine, is the Shinto god of the sea and storms.
Syncretism is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought.
In any given society, a taboo is an implicit prohibition or strong discouragement against something (usually against an utterance or behavior) based on a cultural feeling that it is either too repulsive or dangerous, or, perhaps, too sacred for ordinary people.
The was an administrative reorganization enacted in 703 in Japan, at the end of the Asuka period.
is a form of Shinto offering made from a sakaki-tree branch decorated with shide strips of washi paper, silk, or cotton.
Tao or Dao (from) is a Chinese word signifying 'way', 'path', 'route', 'road' or sometimes more loosely 'doctrine', 'principle' or 'holistic science' Dr Zai, J..
Taoism, also known as Daoism, is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (also romanized as ''Dao'').
Taoism is believed to be the inspiration for spiritual concepts in Japanese culture.
A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual rituals and activities such as prayer and sacrifice.
The were an array of economic policies introduced in 1842 by the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan.
is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.
, sometimes rendered as Tenriism, is a Japanese new religion which is neither strictly monotheistic nor pantheistic, originating from the teachings of a 19th-century woman named Nakayama Miki, known to her followers as Oyasama.
The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper.
Theodore C. Bestor (born 1951) is a Professor of Anthropology and Japanese Studies at Harvard University.
The concept of the Three Kingdoms of Korea refers to the three kingdoms of Baekje (백제), Silla (신라) and Goguryeo (고구려).
The are a group of structures in the precincts of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan.
Tiān (天) is one of the oldest Chinese terms for heaven and a key concept in Chinese mythology, philosophy, and religion.
is a prefecture located in the Kantō region of Japan.
The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the and the, was the last feudal Japanese military government, which existed between 1600 and 1868.
, officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869.
The is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan.
A is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to sacred.
was a Japanese academic, historian and university professor.
is a Shinto shrine in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
or Tsukiyomi (月読), is the moon god in Shinto and Japanese mythology.
is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
The of Japan is one ranking system for Shinto shrines.
Vairocana (also Vairochana or Mahāvairocana, वैरोचन) is a celestial buddha who is often interpreted, in texts like the Flower Garland Sutra, as the Dharma Body of the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama).
Vajrayāna, Mantrayāna, Tantrayāna, Tantric Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism are the various Buddhist traditions of Tantra and "Secret Mantra", which developed in medieval India and spread to Tibet and East Asia.
The veneration of the dead, including one's ancestors, is based on love and respect for the deceased.
is a prefecture of Japan on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island.
Women in Shinto occupy a unique role in the indigenous Japanese traditions of Shinto, including a unique form of participation as temple stewards and shamans, or miko.
A World Heritage site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties.
World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.
is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan.
The and are an East Asian ethnic group and nation native to the Japanese archipelago.
The Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni, informally known as the, is a Shinto shrine located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.
is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
The is an Iron Age era in the history of Japan traditionally dated 300 BC–300 AD.
is a Japanese word that is generally synonymous with the English term.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (and; 陽 yīnyáng, lit. "dark-bright", "negative-positive") describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
is the Japanese word for the land of the dead (World of Darkness).
A in Shinto terminology is an object capable of attracting spirits called kami, thus giving them a physical space to occupy during religious ceremonies.
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