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Unformatted text preview: EASTASIAN RELIGION IN AMERICA 4/28/2011 l'-',RODCCTION .. Ihe indigenous religion of Japan .. The word came Into existence after Buddhism came trom China (ca 6 lh cent eEl-L'sed as a vehicle for nationalism- religion not separate from state until recentlv .. Myths come from Kojiki & Nibongi .. Energies that animate nature Difficult to define- "spirit", "god(dess)", etc. Originally tied to natural forces- SUD, moon, wind, etc. Head of clans <Immanent Thought to be approx. 800,000- 1 million All karni descended from original couple: 1) Izanarni (female who invites) 2) lzanagi (male who invites) ITHEKAMI I ~lls .. They gave birth to the main kami 1) Amaterasu- the sun goddess or spirit 2) Tsukiyomi- the moon god or spirit 3) Susanoo- the wind god or spirit l 6 IseJingu-Oocorthemost Sl Credshrines in Shinto Important historical periods 1. The early period (pre-8~ cent. B.C.E.-7"'cent. C.E.) 2. Heian Period (794-1185 C.E.) 3. Tokugawa Period (1600-1867) 4. The Meiji Restoration (1868) 5. PostWWII (1945-present) The Early Period .. Little written evidence prior to 8 th cent. C.E., when first "histories" written 1. Kojiki (712)- "Chronicle of Ancient Events" 2. Nihongi (720)- "Chronicle of Japan"- Seems Japanese had affinity...
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