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1. Introduction

Shinto (Japanese shintō, “way of the numinous beings”) is a central phenomenon of Japanese cultural history. Both within and outside Japan, Shinto is frequently seen not only as the Japanese national religion, but also as a metaphor for the supposed unchangingness of Japanese culture, or indeed the Japanese “national essence” (kokutai) itself. This, however, betrays the predicament of a pers…

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Antoni, Klaus, “Shinto”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027465>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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