from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A religion native to Japan, characterized by veneration of nature spirits and ancestors and by a lack of formal dogma.

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  • proper 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The system of nature-and hero-worship which forms the indigenous religion of Japan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Japanese shintō : shin, gods (from Middle Chinese) + tō, dō, art, way; see aikido.

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From Japanese 神道 (shintō).


  • "_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.

    Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic

  • 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.

    Silent Auction

  • 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.

    Married - :: gia’s blog ::

  • 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.

    Usage of ‘dou’ (道) in Japan.

  • The game has it's roots in Japanese Shinto religion, but doens't attempt to promote it.

    GameSpot's News, Screenshots, Movies, Reviews, Previews, Downloads, and Features

  • 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.

    The Problem of China

  • 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.

    Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic

  • 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.

    Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic

  • 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.

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era


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