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Shinto Religion

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History and Statistics Beliefs Customs And Living Shinto Worship by: Brian Skinner By: Grace Leaf by Sophia Martinez By Brandon Garcia Fun Facts and a Quiz! Shinto Religion 1. Where does your religion originate?
2. When was your faith established?
3. How did your religion develop?
4. How many people worship your religion?
5. What percentage of the worlds population is of your faith?
6. What are the majority of your members? 1. Do you believe in some sort of higher power?
2. Living or non-living being?
3. Does your religion have a place for after death?
4.Are there rules to get into this place?
5. What are their basic beliefs?
6. How do you organize with others of the same faith?
7. How often?
8. Do you have educational places?
9. How do you praise your god? The Shintos worship kami.
Kami are Shinto spirits that care for human beings and can influence the actions and events that occur in one's every day life. The Shinto religion believes that there are three other worlds where the spirit can ascend or descend after death. The name of three worlds are: Heaven, Yomi, and Tokoyo. Shinto's have Holy days called matsuri and smaller festivals during the rest of the year. Japanese people often visit the local shrine when they want the kami to do them a favor. 1. How do you become a member?
2. Are there necessary monetary contributions?
3. Are there any important holy days or times
during the year that need to be observed?
4. Are there any age sacraments to help you grow in your faith?
5. Are there any subdivisions of this faith? Shintoism began to develop in about 500 B.C and became a formal religion in about 500 A.D when it was influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism. By Brian, Grace, Sophia, & Brandon heyy was up yall?!?! S.O.S. Shinto originated in Japan and is the oldest religion to exist from Japan. Thanks for watching. Hope you enjoyed and didn't get motion sickness. About 2 to 3 million people worship Shinto. .04% of the the world practice Shinto.(There are 7billion people in the world.) The majority of members that follow Shinto are Japanese because the religion was created in Japan out of Japanese culture. Most members are born and raised in Japan, (the birth place of the religion), and are educated about the way of Kami. If this procedure isn't done, you are considered a foreigner, unless you learn about Kami and how to speak Japanese on your own. There are no special contributions to becoming a member. Yes, there are important holy days, called matsuri. These matsuri take place on the first day of each season. Plethora is when small festivals are put together to worship
in between matsuri. 1. What is the place of worship called?
2. Is there a local leader?
3. Is there a writing to worship out of?
4. How does faith gain members? The Shinto religion developed in 4 phases:

1st phase-around 500 B.C
-Followers honored Kami that were from nature such as Trees, Mountains, and Animals

2nd stage-began in 6th century
-rulers of Japan thought it was helpful for the 3 religions, (Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shintoism) to work together

3rd stage-began in 1869
-Shinto became the final state religion of Japan
-Government wanted to unify the people under one religion and thought the Shinto religion would unify the governments purpose
-used one of Shinto goddesses, Amaterasu, as a way to justify his power and authority

final stage-1946
-Shinto was disestablished as the official religion of Japan after WWII
-The Americans thought that the Shinto religion was a bad influence on the Japanese Kami are not living beings, but rather spiritual guides. There aren't any rules to get into Tokoyo or Yomi, but only the oldest and most respected kami can live in Heaven. Basic Beliefs:

Reality:The universe was created and ruled by numerous kami. Shinto followers view life as a gift from kami, and that all life and human nature is sacred.

Rituals: At the age of (5) boys, at the age of (7) girls go to the shrine on November 15th for the seven-five-three festival. This festival thanks kami for protection and asks for healthy growth.

Pilgrimage: To travel to shrines or other Holy places. Pilgrimages were done to win the favor of the kami. A Shinto place of worship is called a shrine. Shrines are religious buildings that act as homes for the kami. People visit shrines in order to pay respect for the kami or to pray for good fortune. The local leaders for a shrine are Shinto priests called, "Shinshoku" They are not expected to lecture, preach, or act as a spiritual leaders, but to continue the relationship between kami and others. Shinto priests may marry and have children. Women are also allowed in this priesthood. Shinto has no founder and no official sacred scriptures, though the most important sacred books of Shintoism are the, "Kojiki" and the, "Nihogi." Children are to be brought to a shrine within 30-100 days of age to be initiated as a new followers of Shinto. Quiz:
What is the majority of Shinto members?

Who was the founder of Shinto?

What do Shintos worship?

Is Kami living or non-living?

What are Shinto holy days called?

Shinto's place of worship is called... Fun Facts! : BY: Grace, Sophia, Brian, and Brandon There is no special day of the week for worship in the Shinto religion, but people will visit Shrines for festivals and ceremonies on important Holy days throughout the year. There are no subdivisions of this faith Picture Time! Shinto Shrines Kami Shinto Matsuri Shinto Symbol (Shinto Symbol) (Picture of a Shinto Matsuri festival) Shinto Shrines Kami Type: Nature There are no age sacraments for the Shinto religion Shintos praise Kami through different rituals and worship festivals. These occasions are for offering prayer, thanks, and praise to specific or numerous kami. Also praying and giving thanks to kami at shrine, are all different ways to praise the shinto spirits. 1. Shinto is Japan's traditional religion, but got mixed with Buddhism because Japan was so greatly influenced by Chinese culture.

2. It has been about 2512 years since Shintoism was first established.

3. It has been 1479 years since Buddhism was mixed into the Shinto tradition.

4. Numerous wedding ceremonies are held in Shinto style.

5. The Sun God, Amaterasu, is thought of as the most important Kami. Although there are no formal Shinto schools, many people still learn and practice the religion all over the world.
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