Historical Dictionary of Shinto by Stuart D.B. Picken

By Stuart D.B. Picken

One among Japan's significant religions, Shinto has no doctrines and there aren't any sacred texts from which non secular authority should be derived. It doesn't have an identifiable historic founder, and it has survived the vicissitudes of historical past via rituals and emblems instead of via continuity of doctrine. Shinto is essentially a faith of nature, situated at the cultivation of rice, the root of a tradition with which the western global isn't really wide-spread by way of both its annual cycle or the type of way of life it generates. The roots of the Shinto culture most likely precede this and replicate an know-how of the typical order. The oldest shrines got here to be positioned in locations that encouraged awe and beauty of their observers, akin to the nice Fall of Nachi in Kumano, or in mountains that conveyed a feeling of power.

The multiplied moment variation of the Historical Dictionary of Shinto relates the background of Shinto via a chronology, an introductory essay, an in depth bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on Shinto suggestions, major figures, locations, actions, and classes. students and scholars will locate the overviews and resources for additional examine supplied by way of this publication to be greatly necessary

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Historical Dictionary of Shinto

One in all Japan's significant religions, Shinto has no doctrines and there are not any sacred texts from which non secular authority might be derived. It doesn't have an identifiable ancient founder, and it has survived the vicissitudes of background via rituals and logos instead of via continuity of doctrine.

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1697╇╇ Kamo no Mabuchi is born (d. 1769), early influential scholar of the Kokugaku movement. 1699╇╇ Kada no Azumamaro is born (d. 1736), student of Kamo no Mabuchi and influence upon the work of Motoori Norinaga. 1705╇╇ The second great Ise pilgrimage. 1707╇╇ Last recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji. 1730╇╇ Motoori Norinaga is born (d. 1801), central figure of the Kokugaku movement. 1770╇╇ Kodera Kyōmitsu is born (d. 1843), writer on popular Shinto. 1776╇╇ Hirata Atsutane is born (d.

His work was continued by Yoshikawa Koretari (1616–1694), who was originally a student of Yoshida Shinto and rose to the most prominent position within it by 1657. With the support of a number of daimyo (provincial lords), he became the government’s Shinto adviser, and in keeping with the tendencies of the Tokugawa system, he reconsidered his Shinto doctrines and brought them more into line with NeoConfucianism. He saw Kunitokotachi-no-mikoto at the center of the pantheon, preceding the separation of heaven and earth.

Buddhism is now referred to as Bukkyō, the teaching of Buddha. Shinto remains a dō, a folkway. Buddhism’s first formal recognition in court about 538 challenged Shinto to develop a structure to support the indigenous rites, into which, doubtless, some continental elements were incorporated. As the hegemony of the Yamato clan grew, legitimacy in the form of ritual, myth, and religious unity led to the claims of divine descent, as expressed in the Kojiki and the Nihon Shōki. Following the Taika Reform of 645, the Ritsuryō System established the Jingikan (the Office of Shinto Kami Worship) on the basis of the concept of matsuri-goto, the unity of worship and government (saisei-itchi).

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