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The Shinto Cultivation Program as seen in Shaji Torishirabe Ruisan

The volume Shaji Torishirabe Ruisan [A Compilation of Documents of the Religious Reform in the Meiji Period] is a valuable historical document providing insight into the religious administration of the early Meiji government during the days of its Kyōbushō, or Ministry of Religion (1873-1...

The Will of the Kami and the Role of the Saniwa

How to determine the will of God, or the will of the gods, is a question of central importance in religions around the world. Waking revelations, revelations in dreams, prophecies and oracles (takusen), and the spiritual possession of mediums and shamans (kamigakari), all refer to different ways in...

What is there in the way of Shinto education?

Among religious schools in Japan, Christian schools exist in by far the largest numbers, with Buddhist schools a distant second. In contrast, only a handful of Shinto schools exist. In addition to Kōgakkan University and Kokugakuin University, which are the only four-year Shinto universities i...

Words with a life of their own

The ancient taboo on uttering Buddhis-related words at the Grand Shrines at Ise is a famous example of Shinto imikotoba, or words associated with misfortune. The practice of avoiding imikotoba, and replacing them with other innocuous words, continues to this day. Substituting the word etek&...

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