Origins of Shinto - Origins of Shinto Indigenous religious...

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Origins of Shinto Indigenous religious tradition of Japan (Nippon, Wei Wei) In Japanese, “Shen do” (the way of spirits). Called so after the name for “Butsu- do” 9the way of Buddha. I. Shinto A. “Kami No Michi” (The way of Kamis or spirits) B. Kamis active in nature 1. Powers of nature 2. Can be good or evil 3. Need to be in harmony with them 4. Everything is filled with kamis C. Kamis are unpredictable II. Goal of Japanese Life… … is to live in Harmony with Kamis. How can such harmony be achieved? - This is explained in the Myth of creation III. The Myth of Creation In the beginning there was nothing. It was absolute chaos, which somehow came to be resided by several kamis. From amongst these kamis two of them because primordial or cosmic kamis. A. They are Izanami and Izanagi 1. Which literally means “female who invites” and “male who invites”, respectively. IV. Myth of creation – Motifs
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2011 for the course REL 2300 taught by Professor Kassim during the Summer '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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