Shintō: The Sacred Art of Ancient Japan
British Museum, 2001 - Art objects, Shinto - 224 pages
Shinto, the Way of the Gods, was the religion of Japan before the arrival of Buddhism from Korea during the 6th century AD. Central to Shinto beliefs are the kami, animistic gods perceived in all aspects of nature. They exist in the nooks and crannies of houses and inhabit streams, trees and mountains, while others are sacred to human activities such as agriculture and arts and crafts. The principle rites of appeasing the gods - considered essential to a stable society - include acts of cleansing, gratitude, tolerance and obedience to tradition.
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Archaeological Insights into Primitive Belief
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