By John Breen
This available consultant to the improvement of Japan’s indigenous faith from precedent days to the current day bargains an illuminating advent to the myths, websites and rituals of kami worship, and their function in Shinto’s enduring non secular identity.Offers a distinct new method of Shinto heritage that mixes severe research with unique researchExamines key evolutionary moments within the lengthy historical past of Shinto, together with the Meiji Revolution of 1868, and offers the 1st serious background in English or eastern of the Hie shrine, some of the most vital in all JapanTraces the advance of assorted shrines, myths, and rituals via heritage as uniquely diversified phenomena, exploring how and after they merged into the trendy thought of Shinto that exists in Japan todayChallenges the old stereotype of Shinto because the unchanging, all-defining center of jap tradition
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Takami-musubi and Amaterasu send their grandson Ninigi down to the Japanese islands to take possession of the land. Ninigi is given heavenly treasures (jewels, a mirror, and a sword), and he descends to a mountain in Kyushu accompanied by an entourage of heavenly deities. Ninigi’s great-grandson, later known as Jinmu, is the first human emperor. Jinmu sails from Kyushu and conquers Yamato, defeating the descendants of earthly deities with the help of the gods of heaven and the magical powers of heavenly treasures.
Even though these texts are not free from continental influences, they are in fact less “Chinese” in outlook than one might expect, considering the nature of the court at that time. Finally, many elements of modern Shinto ritual display a clear continuity with documented ancient forms. Much of this is due to later reconstructions of classical ritual forms, but at least there was always a common ground between existing and reconstructed ritual that allowed such reconstructions to be implemented in the first place.
According to local people, yato-no-kami have the bodies of snakes, carrying horns on their heads. If one looks back at them while fleeing, one’s house and kin will be wiped out and one will have no descendants. Matachi was greatly angered by this. Wearing armor and carrying a spear in his hand, he slew them and chased them away. At the mountain entrance he planted a stick in a ditch as a mark, and he announced to the yato-no-kami: “We shall give the land above this stick to you, as the domain of the kami, but the land below it will be turned into rice fields for the people.
A New History of Shinto (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by John Breen