Definition of Shinto in English:

Shinto

Syllabification: Shin·to
Pronunciation: /ˈSHinˌtō
 
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noun

  • A Japanese religion dating from the early 8th century and incorporating the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power ( kami) in both animate and inanimate things. It was the state religion of Japan until 1945. See also Amaterasu.
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    • The kami can be likened to nature spirits, and Shinto shrines are usually found in areas of natural beauty.
    • Many Shinto beliefs were incorporated into Japanese Buddhist practices after its introduction in the 6th century.
    • The mythic basis of Shinto is the belief in kami.

Derivatives

Shintoism

noun
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  • Think of state Confucianism in China, Shintoism in Japan, or most caesaro-papist imperial cults.
  • But Shintoism's kamikaze pilots were not motivated by afterlife rewards.
  • The same myth was later used in Japan for similar purposes, with Shintoism being the competing indigenous teaching.

Shintoist

noun
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  • A smattering of noodle shops leads into an Asian quarter thick with Buddhists, Shintoists and Confucians.
  • Buddhists and Shintoists are Pagans, as are Hindus, Sikhs, and the animists who are found in all parts of the world.
  • Most are Buddhist and/or Shintoist, if they have any specific sentiment at all.

Origin

Japanese, from Chinese shéndào 'way of the gods'.

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