What is Shinto?

  • (noun): The ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors.
    Synonyms: Shintoism
    See also — Additional definitions below


Shinto (神道, Shintō?) or Shintoism, also kami-no-michi, is the indigenous spirituality of Japan and the people of Japan. It is a set of practices, to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 8th century. Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion", but rather to disorganized folklore, history, and mythology. Shinto today is a term that applies to public shrines suited to various purposes such as war memorials, harvest festivals, romance, and historical monuments, as well as various sectarian organizations. Practitioners express their diverse beliefs through a standard language and practice, adopting a similar style in dress and ritual, dating from around the time of the Nara and Heian Periods.

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Some articles on Shinto:

Shinto Architecture
... Shinto architecture is the architecture of Japanese Shinto shrines ... exceptions, the general blueprint of a Shinto shrine is Buddhist in origin ... The composition of a Shinto shrine is extremely variable, and none of its possible features are necessarily present ...
Shinto (disambiguation) - See Also
... Shinto gods or kami Shinto in Taiwan Shinto music Shintō Musō-ryū Shintō Musō-ryū Jo Kata ...
Shinto Sects And Schools - Shintō Inspired Religions
... Two main types of Shinto inspired religions emerged in modern times, Sect Shinto (kyōha Shintō) and "Shinto derived new religions" (Shintōkei shinshūkyō) ...
Setsuzo Kotsuji
... - 1973) was a Hebrew professor in Japan, and the son of a Shinto priest who descended from a long line of Shinto priests ... to Judaism in 1959 after converting to Christianity from Shinto in his youth ...

More definitions of "Shinto":

  • (adj): Relating to or characteristic of Shintoism.
    Example: "Shinto temples"
    Synonyms: Shintoist, Shintoistic
  • (noun): The native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan.