The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart

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Kodansha International, Dec 26, 2006 - Religion - 229 pages
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In The Essence of Shinto, revered Shinto master Motohisa Yamakage explains the core values of Shinto and explores both basic tenets and its more esoteric points in terms readily accessible to the modern Western reader. He shows how the long history of Shintoism is deeply woven into the fabric of Japanese spirituality and mythology--indeed, it is regarded as Japan's very spiritual roots--and discusses its role in modern Japan and the world. He also carefully analyzes the relationship of the spirit and the soul, which will provide informed and invaluable insight into how spirituality affects our daily existence. Through the author's emphasis on the universality of Shinto and its prevalence in the natural world, the book will appeal to all readers with an appreciation of humanity's place in nature and the individual's role in the larger society.
 

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Contents

Preface
ii
Shinto for the New Millennium
20
Shinto is a religion unique to the Japanese people
36
Shinto has no precepts or commandments
43
Chapter? What is Jinjd?
63
The Idea of Misogi Purification
87
WhatisAara?
109
Harai of the spirit of sounds otodama I
116
Human beings have the potential to become Kami
124
Theory of One Spirit Four Souls
130
View of the OtherWorld
148
Chapter o The Systematic Training Method of Chinkon
168
Afterword
202
Appendix I
208
Additional Terms
224
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Motohisa Yamakage was born in 1925 and brought up in an old Shintoist family. In 1956, he became the 79th Grand Master of Yamakage Shinto. Grand Master Yamakage has played a leading role in introducing Shinto to people around the world and many of his essays, translated into German, French, and English, have been published in leading European magazines. In 2005, Motohisa Yamakage retired and was succeeded by hisson, Hitoyoshi Yamakage.

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