ShintoSG - kami can be found in places of nature/natural...

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SHINTO STUDY GUIDE Kami : the gods and spirits of Japanese religion, believed to be present in countless natural phenomena. Tsumi : “misfortune,” why person is purified (menstruations/mental impurity/hopsitalization). Can be cleansed spontaneously…Not Sin. Amaterasu : the sun goddess in Japanese culture Torii : gate to shrine (usually red) but straw rope is needed to inform a place being a sacred place. Shrine Shinto : the worship of kami or nature deities and spirits, practiced at shrines throughout the Japanese countryside since ancient times. Kamidana : home shrine.
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Unformatted text preview: kami can be found in places of nature/natural beauty and peace (ie. near a river versus in the middle of a busy street) A Shinto shrine is not set up to see the kami, but it's purpose is for purification. For example, the shrine of a specific kami is not located for everyone to see, but set behind walls for only the holiest of people. Dual Shinto - is that just being able to understand that the Japanese borrowed religious beliefs/practices from China (Buddhist tradition) and integrated it into the Shinto heritage (ie. shrines of local kami)...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course RL 121 taught by Professor Prill during the Spring '08 term at Juniata.

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