The Shinto Cult: A Christian Study of the Ancient Religion of Japan

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Jennings and Graham, 1910 - Shinto - 98 pages
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Page 86 - Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours: stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl...
Page 20 - Nevertheless* Heaven and Earth first parted, and the Three Deities performed the commencement of creation ; the Passive and Active Essences then developed, and the Two Spirits became the ancestors of all things.7 Therefore...
Page 89 - Thou shalt clearly understand the principles of Heaven and the duty of man. 3. " Thou shalt revere the Mikado as thy sovereign, and obey the will of his court.
Page 75 - I regard religion itself as quite unnecessary for a nation's life. Science is far above superstition ; and what is any religion, Buddhism or Christianity, but superstition, and therefore a possible source of weakness to a nation?
Page 69 - Shinto, teaches, with polemic emphasis, that morals were invented by the Chinese because they were an immoral people ; but in Japan there was no necessity for any system of morals, as every Japanese acted aright if he only consulted his own heart.
Page 17 - Of old, Heaven and Earth were not yet separated, and the In and Yo\ not yet divided. They formed a chaotic mass like an egg, which was of obscurely defined limits, and contained germs. The purer and clearer part was thinly diffused and formed Heaven, while the heavier and grosser element settled down and became Earth. The finer element easily became a united body, but the consolidation of the heavy and gross element was accomplished with difficulty.
Page 20 - Therefore did he enter obscurity and emerge into light, and the Sun and Moon were revealed by the washing of his eyes; he floated on and plunged into the sea-water, and Heavenly and Earthly Deities appeared through the ablutions of his person. So in the dimness of the great commencement, we, by relying on the original teaching, learn the time of the conception of the earth and of the birth of islands; in the remoteness of the original beginning, we by trusting the former sages, perceive the era of...
Page 83 - For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, covetings, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness: all these evil things proceed from within...
Page 30 - The gods who do harm are to be appeased, so that they may not punish those who have offended them, and all the gods are to be worshipped, so that they may be induced to increase their favours.
Page 17 - Heaven, while the heavier and grosser element settled down and became Earth. The finer element easily became a united body, but the consolidation of the heavy and gross element was accomplished with difficulty. Heaven was therefore formed first, and Earth was established subsequently. Thereafter divine beings were produced between them. Hence it is said that when the world began to be created, the soil of which lands were composed floated about in a manner which might be compared to the floating...

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