1st Edition

A Study of Shinto
The Religion of the Japanese Nation





ISBN 9780415845762
Published February 27, 2013 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This volume investigates and presents the salient features of Shinto through a long history of development from its remote past up to the present. It is a historical study of Shinto from a scientific point of view, illustrating the higher aspects of the religion, compiled on strict lines of religious comparison.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Genetical or Historical.  1. Some Traces of Animatism or Pre-Animism in Shintō  2. Animistic Phases of Nature Worship Among the Japanese – Complex Nature Worship  3. Fetishism and Phallicism  4. Spiritism  5. Anthropolatry and Ancestor Worship in the Stage of Nature Religion  6. Totemism and Primitive Monotheism in Original Shintō  7. Shintō as a Sheer Polytheism  8. Theanthropic Aspect of Shintō Deities – Shintō as a Theanthropic or Homocentric Religion  9. Shintō is the Japanese National Religion or Natural Growth  10. Ancient Shintō Practices  11. Dawn of Intellectual Awkening  12. Dethronement of Minor Deities and Amalgamation or Unification of Different Deities  13. From Polytheism to Pantheism with Some Phases of Henotheism and Montheism  14. Ancient Myths and the Three Divine Imperial Regalia: An Attempt at Rational Interpretation  15. Germs of Moral Ideas in Shintō and Appearance of a Change in the Idea of Sacrifice  16. Inner Purity Emphasized, and Sincerity or Uperightness as the Fundamental Ethical Principle Becomes Pre-Eminent in Shintō  17. Ethical Transformation of the Naturalistic Phallic Deities From a Higher Religious Point of View and Some Shintō Rites or Ceremonies Moralized  18. Worship of Shintō Deities in Spirit and In Truth – Resulting in Iconoclasm  19. Some Deeper Reflections Upon the Divine Protection of the nation – A Problem Unsolved From the Old Standpoint of Shintō, the National Religion of Japan  20. Unique Position of Shintō Among the World’s Religions. Bibliography.  Index.

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