Shinto Notes GREL 101 (Fred LaSpina)
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SINTO Shin tau The way of the Gods National religion of Japan Have to be japanese gt tied to the country Tori red buildings Gateway gt considered the gateways to the gods gt all throughout Japan 0 The more Tori s there are the more holy the shrine is gt separates this world from the divine world 0 Nave to worship 0 Narthex common meeting place 0 Imperial Japan when there was an emperor gather other countries under you 0 Emperor is divine gt quotHe can t diequot 0 After bombin gt General MacArthur gt emperor can stay in power but he must deny his divinity 0 No founder of Shinto 0 No written scriptures Q Priest does rituals gt midway between common world and God 0 Kami all shinto s must honor Kami god gt gods aren39t all powerful gt Kami protects rivers forests all living things 0 No moral code gt follows code of confucianism gt 0 Parents are respected fully Q Ancestors revealed and worshipped gt honor the dead 0 All humanity is quotchildren of the godsquot gt world is a result of the kami s 0 al human nature is sacred life is sacred Musuni creative and harmonizing powers gt Kami s bring world together Makoto leaders in Shinto aspire to have sincerity Misogi washing body in water wash hands in the basin Mamori charms around neck gt aid in healing and protection by connection to the Kami s Animistic everything has a spirit gt everything has Kami gt anything living is sacred Rules to follow 1 Right Practice 2 Right Sensibility 3 Right Attitude 4 Affirmations Facts 1 Tradition and family birth and marriages 2 Love of nature nature is sacred close to Kami 3 Physical cleanliness gt take baths wash hands wash mouths often 4 Matsuri worship and honor the Kami and ancestral spirits 0 Peace is the main desire harmony 0 Each shrine is dedicated to a specific Kami who responds to each prayer 0 Animals are the messengers of the gods 0 Statues that face each other at Tori gt kamiina quotGuard Dogquot 0 Followers of Shinto visit shrines at multiple times in their life gt 0 shinto men bring a girl into a shrine so she can be blessed by a shinto at ages 3 and age 7 NOV 15 bring a boy only at age 5 NOV 15 O Shinto s bypass one meal a month and donate money to a shrine or relief program 0 Origami craft of the shinto gt paper of the spirits gt folded into shapes but NOT cut Shinto exists in 4 main forms 1 Shinto of imperial House rituals performed by Emperor WW2 gt symbol of state and unity of people 2 Shrine Shinto 80000 shrines gt helpful to others pray that all people will live in peace 3 Seotarian Shinto nonreligious 13 groups sects founded by individuals each sect has own belief and worship of its own central deity gt close to monotheistic 4 Folk Shinto Rural Shinto mountains No formal creed No formal organization Own version of Shinto Select a person that is responsible or worshipping deity