Shinto the Kami Way
Tuttle Publishing, Apr 15, 2004 - Architecture - 128 pages
"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 - Mandi - Goodreads
An excellent introduction to Shinto faith and customs, both contemporary and traditional. This book is incredibly readable, always interesting, and filled with great pictures and illustrations of ... Read full review
Review: Shinto the Kami WayUser Review - Nicholas Pozo - Goodreads
Although the writing is a little dry at times, and often becomes a little too encyclopaedic, this is still a worthwhile introduction to Shinto. The style is more a product of the broad ground the book ... Read full review
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