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Shinto
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Shinto is Japan’s native, national religion. The word means “way [tō; cf. Chin. tao] of the gods [shin],” though the sign for shin, when alone, reads kami. Kami are the many mythological or legendary figures that occur in the oldest Japanese written sources (i.e., Kojiki [Records of ancient matters] and Nihon shoki, or Nihon-gi [Chronicles of Japan]). Prominent kami are Izanagi and Izanami, who created the islands of Japan, the sun goddess Amaterasu, and t…

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Pye, Michael, “Shinto”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.67>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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