Medieval Japan Religion

By: Emma Dunlay


1. Religion was part of the every day life for the Japanese.

2. Most Japanese came to believe in both Buddhism and Shinto, and worshiped in in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

3. Shinto was concerned with with daily life, while Buddhism prepared people for the life to come.

4. During the Middle Ages, Buddhist ideas inspired many Japanese to build temples, produce painting, and wrote poems and plays.

5. Mahayana Buddhism began in India and spread to china and Korea.

6. By the time Buddhism reached Japan, it had developed into many different sects or smaller religious groups.

7. One of the most important sects in Japan was pure land Buddhism. Pure land Buddhism was a type of manyanha Buddhism. It won many followers in Japan becuase of its message about happy life after death.