Interfaith Inspirations:Shinto Click the box to stop & start the narration with LaurieStory & Jeremiah
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Shinto is the tradtional religion in Japan and remains the major religion along side Buddism. There are many Shinto Gods that are worshipped, these are known as Kami. There is no founder of Shinto or holy book but it is deeply rooted in Japanese culture.
There are "Four Affirmations"in Shinto:
Tradition and the family: The family is seen as the main mechanism by which traditions are preserved. Their main celebrations relate to birth and marriage.
Love of nature: Nature is sacred; to be in contact with nature is to be close to the Gods. Natural objects are worshipped as sacred spirits.
Physical cleanliness: Followers of Shinto take baths, wash their hands, and rinse out their mouth often.
"Matsuri": The worship and honor given to the Kami and ancestral spirits. Pray: Common Shinto Prayer Our eyes may see some uncleanliness, but let not our mind see things that are not clean. Our ears may hear some uncleanliness, but let not our mind hear things that are not clean.
Shinto Shrines are everywhere amongst trees, etc and this, Ise Jingu is Shinto's most sacred shrine:
. Play: Attend a traditional Shinto Wedding:
(for a moment anyway!)
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