View Full Version : Discussion: Shinto outside Japan

March 18th, 2008, 10:36 PM
I'm curious on thoughts regarding Shinto practiced outside Japan and by non-Japanese.

I've heard that one shouldn't (or couldn't) practice it outside Japan.
I've heard that one has to be Japanese to practice.
Things like that.

Does geography and ethnicity matter (to the point where it excludes many) to this path?
Could one honor the Kami in California, in Spain, etc?

I've read (on Beliefnet and a few other places) both sides.
One saying that is doesn't matter and the other that location and ethnicity do.

Just curious :)

Wukong de erzi
March 27th, 2008, 10:31 PM
I know that there are several Shinto shrines in Hawaii, and the Tsubaki Grand Shrine which is in Washington state used to be in California, so I can't see any reason why you shouldnt.

If you're willing to look into Tenrikyo, I know you can find their shrines in various places in South America, Australia and France, too.

March 27th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Modern Shinto and Japanese culture are somewhat hard to separate, so while I don't think that it's impossible for a non-Japanese person to be Shinto, I think that without a comprehensive knowledge of Japan and its culture it would be very difficult.