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Shinto and Buddhism Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion. Starting about 500 BCE (or earlier) it was originally "an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism.“ Its name was derived from the Chinese words " shin tao " ( "The Way of the Kami" ) in the 8th Century CE. At that time: The Yamato dynasty consolidated its rule over most of Japan. Divine origins were ascribed to the imperial family. Shinto established itself as an official religion of Japan, along with Buddhism. Over the centuries, starting as early as 500 C.E., both lay devotees and monks traveled to the mainland China , bringing back with them layer after layer of Buddhist teachings and practices. The official story: a political delegation arrived from Korea in 538 C.E. . Among the gifts it brought for the Emperor were a bronze Buddha image, some sutras, and a few religious objects. During the course of the next half century, Japan witnessed the firm establishment of Buddhism as a religion officially recognized and actively supported by the imperial court. The introduction of Chinese script provided the means for the Japanese (who did not possess an indigenous writing system of their own) to assimilate the vast tradition of Chinese classics, and the Chinese
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Shinto Shinto revived in 17th syncretic relation betweem Shinto and Buddhism Kami (Gods) are "essences" or "deities", also "natural" forces in the world (mountains, rivers, wind, trees, rocks). Kami and people co-exist in the same world. Respect for nature
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Kami Shinto teaches that everything,including nature, contains a kami ( ? , “spiritual essence” ). Kami
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