By: PRASANT, GAVIN, Harshita
Origins of Shintoism
Origin of Shintoism
Basic Religious Beliefs
Classification of Shintoism
Branches of Shintoism
How the religion diffused
When Japanese people immigrated to the Americas and other places all over the globe including Africa and Central Asia, Shintoism went with them and spread through relocation diffusion.
Shintoism originally spread in Japan as Japan spread its empire. This is an example of expansion diffusion as Shintoism spread along with the growing Japanese empire but it can also be considered Hierarchal diffusion as many people followed the emperor who was Shinto.
Sacred Places and People
These are the most sacred shrines in Japan
This is the second most important shrine in all of Japan
Very important shrine located in Kamakura
Fushimi Inari Shrine
It is Famous for its "torii"
It is modeled after an imperial palace
This place is home of the Gion Festival
It is dedicated to the kami Emperor Meiji
Dedciated to those who died in war
It is famous for it large torii standing in the ocean
It is a mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu
It is a shrine of the kami of 3 of Nikko's sacred mountains
The most prominent shrine in Osaka
Who Practices Shintoism
Where is Shintoism practiced today?
Number of Followers
Key figures and important people
- Kami - spirits which may be found in water, rocks, trees and other natural manifestations which have a particular aura about them.
- 7 Gods of Luck
- 1) Benten - goddess of music, arts, beauty and fertility (identified with Ryugu Otohime - Shinto Princess of the Dragon Palace - sea)
- 2) Hotei - the fat, laughing god of happiness
- 3) Jurojin - the god of longevity
- 4) Fukurokuju - the dwarf god of wisdom
- 5) Bishamon - the armor clad god of religious zeal
- 6) Daitoku - the generous god of wealth
- 7) Ebisu - the god of honest labor.
- The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is considered Shinto's most important Kami.
Place of Worship
- Shinto shrines are the places of worship and the homes of kami
Impact on social and family structures:
- Shinto is an indigenous religion of Japan.
- People who, for political reasons, see Shinto as extremely conservative or linked to the prewar and wartime governmental political military structure, may be reluctant to participate in community events if they think that by doing that they would be endorsing Shinto in this sort of old-fashioned ideological sense.