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My Religion Prezi Assessment For Mr. Denning's Class

Harry Mann

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of Shintoism

Double click anywhere & add an idea Influence of Shintoism By Derek J. Gripp How has Shintonism changed throughout the ages? When did it originate and who is the founder? How many people practice Shintoism today and how do they practice it? Were there any religious conflicts involving Shintoism? Reason for choosing Shintoism I am interested in Japanese culture and Shintoism a one of the main religions in Japan. I didn't know much about Shintoism and wanted to learn more. Because it is regarded as a ethnic religion, it's origins are not known. It is a religion that nurtured over a long period of time. Worship of Gods at shrines has been done for a long time. No documentation of Shintoism before 593. With the establishment of the Ritsuryō system of legal codes from the latter half of the seventh century, Shinto ritual gradually came to be systematized. Shinto underwent two great changes in the modern period. The first must be called the aftermath or aftereffects of political change, while the second emerged from new currents being formed in the religious world. The most important change was the placing of Shinto on the same footing as other religions by forcing shrines to become religious juridical persons under the Religious Corporations Ordinance and later Law. The area of popular Shinto also began to change under the influence of urbanization and industrialization, and as lifeways began to change, so too did lifecycle rituals and annual events. At the end of the Edo period, the agricultural population comprised eighty percent of Japan's total, but in recent years it shrunk to less than ten percent. As a result, folk Shinto, which had been deeply connected to rice agriculture, is gradually losing its original substance. Festivals are losing their religious meaning and becoming civic pageants. But this does not mean that communities and regional society have ceased to function. Festivals remain one of the most significant elements of Japanese culture, and they have retained strong roots through the modern period.
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/media.php?media_id=1663 Rituals in Daily Life: En'nichi: This word is used at both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, but in Shinto it refers to a day that holds special meaning for a particular shrine such as its founding day, the day the Shrine's "enshrined kami" (saijin) descended, a day an important oath was taken, or any other such day of ritual importance. In many cases, there is an accompanying belief that when one goes to pray (sankei) at the shrine on that day, the benefits of those prayers will be greater than usual. A shrine does not necessarily have only one ennichi per year, and in fact some shrines have as many as five or ten. http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/media.php?media_id=1606 Hatsumōde: This term refers to the visit of a shrine or a temple (sankei) at the beginning of a new year. In a narrow sense it refers to the visit on New Year's Day. Today it is very often the case that people visit shrines and temples from midnight on New Year's Eve in order to hear the temple bells ringing in the New Near (joya no kane), they then welcome in the New Year there and perform hatsumōde at the same time. Each year's auspicious direction is determined according to the zodiac sign (eto). http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/media.php?media_id=1178 Current number of practicers: 4,000,000 "Skya argues, controversially, that the wave of political assassinations and ideological crackdowns that led to Japanese militarism were not just about power struggles and nationalism; instead, they grew out of a fundamentalist Shinto movement promoted by certain writers whose influence has been largely overlooked. Shinto fundamentalists believed that the emperor's rule was sacred, absolute, and direct; that the divine oneness of the Japanese nation was an attribute not shared by any other people (such as the neighboring Chinese, whom they saw as a mere congeries of individuals and groups occupying a geographic territory of no sacred significance); and that the emperor's rule should be worldwide even though no other ethnic group could stand on an equal cosmic plane with the Japanese." -Andrew J. Nathan September/October 2009
Title: Japan's Holy War

Author: Walter A. Skya

Publisher: Duke University Press

Year: 2009

Pages: 400 pp. Conclusion: I learned that Shintoism is a vast and interesting religion that has a deep cultural origin that was naturally formed so it is unknown where, when, and who founded it and that although the religious factor may have declined over time, the practices are still apart of modern day life to many Japanese citizens. Sources: Encyclopedia of Shinto: http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/ Because this site was created by the "Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture" in Kokugakuin University. Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents:
http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html Because this site is copyrighted by Adherents.com, and it sites the sources it has used, I can trust the information is reliable. Comparisons: Buddhism: Because the belief in Buddhas as oversea Kami(Gods), many began to believe in Kami as guardian spirits and built shrines to different Kami and that lead in to Shinto. Christianity: While Christians believe in one God with 3 forms, Shinto believe in multiple gods that aren't Omnipotent and only control things in their own area with a limited amount of power. Pros: Cons: Generally Peaceful
Many Different Types of Kami
Most Kami Are Beneficent. Must Honor Festivals
No Real Image of the Kami
No Real View of the Afterlife. They Tend to Believe in the Buddhist View of Afterlife. Engishiki (detailed rules of the Ritsuryo Code). THE END!!!
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