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Shinto texts? 2009/6/19 15:13
What kind of texts/scripture does Shintoim have and how often are these read?

Like how the Bible is read by Christians all the time, is the Kojiki(sorry if that's not the right word) an important part of Shinto.

by Charlotte (guest)  

check 2009/6/19 16:34
The bible is read by SOME Christians all the time, not by all Christians by a long shot..

"There is no core sacred text in Shinto, as the Bible is in Christianity or Qur'an is in Islam. Instead there are books of mythology and history which provide stories and background to many of the most well-known kami." see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto.
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Shinto is not based on scripture 2009/6/19 19:59
It's a form of animism with much older more primitive roots than a lot of the more text-centered religions. The tradition itself relies heavily on oral tradition and ritual, usually passed down by active learning and word-of-mouth not through written guides.

There are modern discourses on Shintoism and the kokugaku movement focuses heavily on Shinto themes. You can buy these at any Japanese bookstore including some attatched to or associated with larger shrines.

There are also writings relevant to Tenri-kyo, a recent popular offshoot of Shintoism.

The two major books relevant to the core religion are actually written about myths associated with the belief system, not as guides to practicing it: they are the "Kojiki" and "NihonShoki". They are extremely contradictory, even when read independantly of one another. To add to the confusion, most of the more popular gods in shrine shinto (Inari, Hachiman, Ebisu, etc) are mentioned by name in these texts while hundreds of others are named and have been more or less forgotten.

There are books of rituals... but Shinto has no real scripture.

public domain writings on Shintoism and Japanese traditional religion:
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..... 2009/6/20 04:44
Shinto promotes the harmony of man and nature. If that is primitive, maybe we should all be primitive. Calling it Animism is a bit misleading. According to Shinto, "souls" do not reside in things, "the spirit of the kami" resides in things.
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto
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