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THE TORII - Shinto shrines are believed to be the dwelling place of kami (various gods, spirits or sacred powers that are worshipped). A torii is erected at the entrance of the shrine. It consists of two columns crowned by two beams. This signifies the shrine is a sacred area, set apart from the profane, outside world.


Shinto

This is fundamentally and primarily the religion of the Japanese people. The word Shinto means "the way of the gods," a name adopted in the sixth century A.D. to distinguish it from Buddhism and Confucianism. The origin of this religion is prehistoric. In its earliest expression it offered no orthodox sacred writings, no universal standard of moral behavior and no fixed doctrinal base. It primarily focused on the worship of a pantheon of deities or spirits (kami). The kami range from deities associated with aspects of nature (the sky, the sun, a mountain, etc.) to those that perform specific functions. Examples include: Fudo, who guards against danger or misfortune; Yakushi, who imparts healing for the mind and the body; or Inari, the rice god who brings an abundant harvest.

Two other major facets of Shintoism have been: Emperor worship-stemming from a belief that the Mikado (the emperors that ruled Japan) descended from Ama-terasu Omikami, the sun goddess. Defeat during the Second World War produced a great deal of skepticism toward, and rejection of, this doctrine. Ancestor worship-stemming from the belief that thirty-three years after death every Shinto person becomes divine, joining the ranks of the kami. For many centuries, Shintoism lost its uniqueness and independent existence, being mixed with its two chief rivals: Buddhism and Confucianism. In the 18th century, however, a nationalistic revival took place under the influence of a number of scholars who sought to rid Japan of foreign influence and reestablish Shinto as the state religion. The revered texts of this religion are: Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters-712 A.D.) Nihongi or Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan-720 A.D.) and Engishiki or Yengishiki (Procedures of the Engi Era-927 A.D.).


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