American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A religion native to Japan, characterized by veneration of nature spirits and ancestors and by a lack of formal dogma.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The system of nature-and hero-worship which forms the indigenous religion of Japan. Its gods number about 14,000, and are propitiated by offerings of food and by music and dancing. The chief deity is Amaterasŭ, the sun-goddess (that is, the sun), the first-born of Izanagi and Izanami, the divine creative pair. The system inculcates reverence for ancestors, and recognizes certain ceremonial defilements, such as contact with the dead, for purification from which there are set forms. It possesses no ethical code, no doctrinal system, no priests, and no public worship, and its temples and shrines contain no idols. See
- n. Formerly the state religion of Japan, a type of animism involving the worship of ancestors and nature spirits.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, Shintoism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of Shintoism
- n. the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors
- n. the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan
- From Japanese 神道 (shintō). (Wiktionary)
- Japanese shintō : shin, gods (from Middle Chinese) + tō, dō, art, way; see aikido. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Shinto_, which means literally 'the way of the Gods,' is the name given to the mythology and vague ancestor-and nature-worship which preceded the introduction of Buddhism into Japan -- Shinto, so often spoken of as a religion, is hardly entitled to that name.”
“Richard Haag's illicit photograph of the 52nd reconstruction of the main Shinto shrine is not an Ansel Adams, but the admission of a supposed questionable provenance makes it quite personal and rather precious in a way that offering a simple project drawing does not but rather laughable.”
“San San Kudo is a Japanese marriage ceremony originating in Shinto wedding services, but is now performed at weddings of all types in countries across Asia and the world.”
“The birth of the Shinto as an independent religion has relation with the Confucian concept of dô of the Edo period that “influenced the word Shinto, imbuing it with the meaning of the way, as a political or moral norm” p.”
“The game has it's roots in Japanese Shinto religion, but doens't attempt to promote it.”
“Since it found many of those roots in Shinto, the movement is also referred to as the Shinto revival, or Neo-Shintoism.”
“There had been, in very ancient times, a native religion called Shinto, and it had lingered on obscurely.”
“But when at last in the ninth and tenth centuries native Japanese Buddhists popularized its doctrines and adopted into its theogony the deities of the aboriginal religion, now known as Shinto, Buddhism became the religion of the people, and filled the land with its great temples, praying priests, and gorgeous rituals.”
“Buddhism, which started out with such a lofty rejection of deity, finally fell to the worship of idols, whereas Shinto, which is peculiarly the worship of personality, has never stooped to its representation in wood or stone.”
“That the religion of ancient Japan -- known as Shinto, or "the way of the gods" -- had not fully emerged from therianthropic polytheism is proved by the fact that, though the deities were generally represented in human shape, they were frequently conceived as spiritual beings, embodying themselves in all kinds of things, especially in animals, reptiles, or insects.”
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