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BenSt
July 27th, 2008, 05:01 PM
Shinto


Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion. Starting about 500 BCE (or earlier) it was originally "an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism." 4 Its name was derived from the Chinese words "shin tao" ("The Way of the Gods") in the 8th Century CE. At that time:
- From Religious Tolerance (http://www.religioustolerance.org/shinto.htm)

Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto)
Japan Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2056.html)


Major Scriptures

The Kojiki - "The Record of Ancient Matters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kojiki)
The Nihon Shokii - "The Chronicles of Japane" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihon_Shoki)
Sacred-Texts Shinto Page (http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/index.htm)

The Kami
The Kami - Roughly translated as Deities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami)
The Concept of Kami (http://jinja.jp/english/s-4c.html)
Kami Historical overview (http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/GLOSSARY/KAMI.HTM)
List of Major and Minor Kami (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_divinities_in_Japanese_mythology)

Shinto Shrines
Japan Guide to the Shinto Shrine (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2059.html)
Shrine overview (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto_shrine)

Other Links

Shinto Online Network Association main page (http://jinja.jp/english/)
Shinto Festivals (http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/shinto/holydays/)
Shinto History (http://www.edu.pe.ca/gulfshore/heroes/shinto/history.htm)

Whitewolf
July 30th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Awesome. Thank you so much for those links. :thumbsup: