BELEIFS Shintoism has no “dogmatic system” or “formulated code of morals.” Shintoism also has no book that serves the same purpose that the Bible does to Chritianity. Rather, Shintoism is more of way to live. However, Shintoism does have stories about creation and divine matters. According to Shintoist beliefs, two kami, which means god, named Izangi-No-Mikoto and Izanami-No- Mikoto gave birth to the Japanese islands. Shintoism also says that the gave birth to various children, who became the gods of all the different Japanese clans. However, the emperor was not related to any of the clans. Rather, the emperor is the descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, who is also considered the chief deity. Also, according to Shintoist lore, her brother, Susano, is famous for coming down to Earth and killing the great evil serpent that tormented Japan. From these stories and ones like them you can obviously conclude that Shintoism is a polytheistic religion. They’re gods aren’t Omnipotent like the Christian
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2009 for the course ENGLISH 0058 taught by Professor Upadhyay during the Spring '09 term at Maharishi.