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Julian Carrera

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Transcript of Shintoism

By: Julian Carrera
Shivani Sharma

Pr. 2
Religious Data
- An estimate of 4 million people still practice Shintoism today.
- In a ranking of major religions of the world it is rank 16th.
- The religion currently shrinking.
- There isn't a specific ritual to become a follower of Shinto.
Religious Diffusion
- Originated and practiced mainly in Japan
- Diffused with the universalizing religion of Buddhism, which went from Korea to Japan in the 9th century
- Relocation Diffusion occurred when Japanese people immigrated to the Americas, mainly to the U.S and Brazil to become part of the labor force, capital, and transportation.
- Also Shintoism diffused when the Japanese people, in the 1900's, were coming to the U.S for education
- As Japan spread its empire, Shintoism spread and diffused with the expansion of the empire as well.
-The core of Shintoism is still in the hearth area

Religious Beliefs
- Shintoism is considered a ethnic religion because of its strong territorial identification (Japan).
- At the core of Shinto are the beliefs in the mysterious creating and harmonizing power of Kami, and in the truthful way of Kami.
- The Kami began as the mysterious for of nature associated primarily woth features in the landscape, such as mountains, rocky cliffs, caves, springs, trees, and stones.
- Animals are also associated with Kami
Cultural Interaction in Religion
- Shintoism and Buddhism both share many things together
- After the 9th century, Shintoist started to embrace Buddhism and added elements of both religions together
- Still in Japan there is adherents to any one who is attempting to document the adherents of the religions, which is influenced by both economic and political decisions.
- Both Shintoism and Buddhism influence the government, as well, because the government is trying to modify their systems to fit the people.
- In Japan,Shintoism has influenced their dietary, by a lot of
use of Rice, Mochi, and Sake
Religious Ecology
- Shinto worships the natural events that occur around us every day.
- Shintoism has rituals for the sun rising, the sun setting, the appearance of a rainbow, and many other natural events.

Map of Japan: Shintoism and Buddhism
Religious Landscape
- Shinto religion appears in the cultural landscape maninly through many shrines or Jinjas, also with temples,which include many components and designs to them
- The most common religious symbol is the Torii Gate, which symbolizes a sacred space
Shinto Funeral Practices
:-Cremation mainly and ashes are typically buried in Shinto funerals. Burying the dead involves at least 20 steps,- Four steps are: Kichu-fuda is a single day period of great mourning, in which mourners wear solid black. A Shinto priest performs the rituals of chanting, singing and praying. Koden, which is giving monetary gifts to the deceased’s family to help them pay funeral expenses. Kotsuage is the process of gathering the deceased’s ashes. Not all of the ashes are buried. At the bunkotsu step, some of the ashes are given to family members to place in their home shrines.
- After someone dies, their survivors visit the graves weekly and bring fresh flowers. The grave visitors typically burn an incense stick in a bowl of sand when they arrive. Also may have home shrines for the deceased as well.
- Shinto religion does influence structures by the way they are designed to look like cultural buildings
Torii Gate
Shinto Funeral
Kami in the form of a wolf
Kami in the form of Mt. Fuiji
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