Often called the Way of the Gods, is relatively unknown among the religions of the world, although to the Japanese it is as old as time. In its general aspects it is more than a religious faith, for it is an amalgam of attitudes, ideas, and ways of doing things that through two milleniums and more have become an integral part of the Way of the Japanese people. It is both persnoal faith in the Kami-the sacred spirits which are objects of worship in Shinto-and a communal way of life according to the mind of the kami. This book outlines the political and social characteristics of Shinto, touching upon government policy and upon relations between Shinto and art, economic life, other religions, and everyday customs. The book concludes with a treatment of some of the spiritual characteristics of the religion, including transmission of the faith; shrines and nature; the concepts of the world, man, salvation, and death. Softcover, 128 pages.
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