Shinto the Kami Way
"An excellently rounded introduction by an eminent Shinto scholar."—Library Journal
Shinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, continues to fascinate and mystify both the casual visitor to Japan and the long-time resident. Relatively unknown among the religions of the world, Shinto: The Kami Way provides an enlightening window into this Japanese faith.
In its general aspects Shinto is more than a religious faith. It is an amalgam of attitudes, ideas, and ways of doing things that through two millennia and more have become an integral part of the way of the Japanese people. Shinto is both a personal faith in the kami—objects of worship in Shinto and an honorific for noble, sacred spirits—and a communal way of life according to the mind of the kami. This introduction unveils Shinto's spiritual characteristics and discusses the architecture and function of Shinto shrines. Further examination of Shinto's lively festivals, worship, music, and sacred regalia illustrates Shinto's influence on all levels of Japanese life.
Fifteen photographs, numerous drawings and Dr. Ono's text introduce the reader to two millennia of indigenous Japanese belief in the kami and in communal life.
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Review: Shinto the Kami WayUser Review - Tod Jones - Goodreads
Very interesting. Presupposes some knowledge of historic shrines. A bit dry at times. Overall, a good introduction for the curious. Read full review
Review: Shinto the Kami WayUser Review - Mdm Yoi - Goodreads
A very basic info on A to Z of what have I experienced in Nikko and somewhere other in Japan, recently. It was just, I am regret the book was not there on that time. But now I knew and can relate much ... Read full review
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