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1 Shinto Christopher Dela Cruz REL/133 09/08/2016 Ray Bitar
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2 Shinto Shinto is known as an ancient native religion of Japan still practiced. It is modified by the influence of Buddhism and Confucianism. Present day Shinto is characterized less by religious doctrine or belief than by the observance of popular festivals and traditional ceremonies and customs, many involving pilgrimages to shrines. Shinto is the name used for the native Japanese religion. According to (Sydow, 2009), “it’s based on the belief in the divinities called Kami, reverence of ancestors and a combination of ritual purification and food offerings”. Kami is known as a careful expression of power because they have no shape of their own but can be summoned into vessels (often trees, banners, long stones) or be communicated with through a medium (often young women called Miko). There is no mandated code of beliefs in Shinto, no sacred place for worship and no definite set of prayers, however Shinto consist of a collection of
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