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Kagami MochiTaken from Tsubaki Grand Shrine’s website:

“The word “Shinto” is comprised of two pictographs: Shin or Kami meaning the divine, that that inspires awe and mystery and To or DoMichi, the way/ method/ path. * Shinto emerged and developed spontaneously as an expression of the deep intuitive connection with Divine Nature enjoyed by human beings in ancient Japan. Shinto as natural spirituality is based on this harmonious primal relationship with the “infinite restless movement of Great Nature,” rather than on the written or revealed teachings of human beings.

Realizing that each single component within Nature possesses Divine Spirit giving us joy and benefit, we renew our close ties to Mother Nature and pray for renewal and refreshed life. As Shinto has the continuous history from prehistoric times to the present and into the future, visiting the Shinto Shrine can help reconnect us to our intuitive roots while helping us to meet the challenges of the present and the future cultivating our human spirituality.

Shinto is simple, bright and sincere and is the practice of the philosophy of proceeding in harmony with and gratitude to Divine Nature. Basic of Shinto is to feel  gratitude for the gifts of life. Our human lives, received from Great Nature and our ancestors are essentially good – obscuring energies exist but through the purifying (harae), straightening (naobi), and invigorating (kiyome) action of Shinto we can prevent misfortune or move towards solution if misfortune has already occurred.

Suggested Reading:
Kami no Michi: Yukitaka Yamamoto
A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine: John K. Nelson
Shinto Norito: Ann Llewellyn Evans

Suggested Links:
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
Tsubaki GSA: Facebook Page
Encyclopedia of Shinto
Sacred Text Archive:Shinto Texts
Jinja Honcho


5 responses to “Shintoism

  1. Frank

    December 14, 2014 at 6:10 am

    You do a great job here! Like it, many thanks!

  2. Spenta

    February 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hi, you could answer two questions

    what are the six elements of creation, Yamamoto Yukitaka mentioned in the book Kami no Michi?

    what would be the translation yet for Sumemima-no-mikoto (divine messenger’s sacred body) ??

    • von186

      March 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      I don’t have information for either of these, unfortunately. You may be able to find the information about the elements of creation inside of one of the free copies of Kami no Michi that you can read online.
      You may also be able to ask Barish-sensei about the translation. He would be far better suited to answer that than I would. Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance with these.


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