• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Shinto - An Ancient Religion

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Shinto Ancient and Indigenous Religions Beliefs In Deities (Gods) And Spirits The Shinto religion teaches that everything contains a spiritual force, or god, which are called kami. Every object, whether it be living or non-living, contains a kami. Therefore, there are an infinite number of kami in the universe. Despite the infinite amount of kami, specific kami are worshipped. The most worshipped of all kami is Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun. The picture on the right shows a shrine specifically devoted to Amaterasu, the previously mentioned Goddess of the Sun. Sacred Stories And/Or Writings The beginning of writing the Shinto religion had a deep impact on the development of a single system of religious beliefs. ...read more.

Middle

Ritual, Worship And Festivals Shinto, commonly referred to as a religion, is also the term given to the collection of rituals and methods which help retain the relationship between living humans and the kami. By performing rituals, this relationship is strengthened. Some rituals include impurity cleansing (cleansing your body to have peace of mind), purification dousing (cleansing of sins), and Kagura, an ancient dance which is believed to summon the kami. Sacred Symbols The most recognizable symbol of Shinto is the Torii Gate. These are found at the entry to a Shinto shrine. It has two upright supports and two crossbars on the top, similar to a soccer goal post, and are frequently painted vermilion red. ...read more.

Conclusion

A shrine and its surrounding area are called jinja. The Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima in Hiroshima. The island of Itsukushima has been a sacred place since the origination of the religion. The shrine at high tide seems to be floating on the water, but at low tide, the water level drops and the shrine is available to visit by foot, rather than by boat. Sacred Time The Shinto religion does not follow a specific calendar of events, although sacred time is devoted to the kami in the festivals throughout the year. These festivals are called Matsuri. Some of these festivals include New Years celebrations (Oshogatsu) in January, and the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami) in April. Resources Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto Photos: http://norman.walsh.name/2003/11/20/images/20031120-030953.jpg http://www.theforeigner-japan.com/archives/200405/images/mainsanc.jpg http://chichustore.jp/pic-labo/limg/kojiki912.jpg http://www.kanko-miyazaki.jp/digilib/picture_b/saito/saito87.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Itsukushima_torii_angle.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0d/Torii_low_tide.jpg ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hinduism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hinduism essays

  1. Descriptive Writing

    glanced across to the lake you can see fisher men on Styrofoam floats doing their daily duties. We wanted to see how they worked so after getting used to the floats, we were able to go into the middle of the deep and dark waters of the lake.

  2. Did Gandhi's influence help to achieve Indian Independence quicker or did he hinder it?

    The fact that Gandhi had managed to play an important role in freeing India from the iron grip of the British Empire was a great feat in itself because the attitude of the British was of such: "We did not conquer India for the benefit of the Indians.

  1. Cities and Myths of Ancient West Asia

    One of the other cities of Mesopotamia was Ur. The inner city had an irregularly shaped, surrounded by a huge mud-brick fort wall crowned by layers of fired bricks. The northern edge had a harbor linked to the river and the city gates where trading among, "Lebanon, India, Egypt, Afghanistan" (p.7 Primacy Source)

  2. IS FUNDAMENTALISM SPECIFIC TO ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION

    Furthermore, Zionists mark yet another episode of Jewish Fundamentalism. Zionism ( sect of Judaism) is based heavily upon religious tradition linking the Jewish people to the Land of Israel (their promised land), and for that reason they seek massive deportation of Arabs by force.

  1. To what extent were propaganda and national pride as important as religion in the ...

    It can be clearly seen in the diagram, however, that the columns inside the cella are considerably smaller in diameter compared to the columns around the colonnade. These columns are also positioned to support the heavy marble roof. In the opisthodomos, the room which was to become the treasury once

  2. Creative writing- emotions and feelings- new experiences

    The experience had hit me. It was hard to imagine that thousands of years before, men and slaves were standing in the exact spot I was standing, in a primitive age. The explicit carvings on the walls of the huge temple told the secret stories and battles known of old.

  1. Ancient Egyptian Religion.

    Egyptians did not have access to the major gods in the temple shrines. The people could only approach the gods in the national festivals. However there were additional deities who answered the everyday life wishes and were connected with the family.

  2. Compare and contrast the iconography and mythology of at least two major Hindu deities.

    to save the Brahmans (the priestly class); how Buddha distracts the demons and leads them astray; and how Kalki, the white horse, will come after kali-yuga (our current age of darkness) to restore virtue in the world and destroy the wicked.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work