Shinto is Japan's indigenous religion; a complex of ancient folk belief and rituals; basically animistic religion that perceives the presence of gods or of the sacred in animals, in plants, and even in things which have no life, such as stones and waterfalls. The roots go back to the distant past. A large number of items discovered amongst remains dating from the Jomon period (up to 200 B.C.) are thought to have had some magical significance.
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Located in Miyagi Prefecture. Festivals, history, Priest biography.
International Shinto Foundation
Introduction to Shinto, plus publications.
Full text of English translations of the Yengishiki, and excerpts from the Kojiki and Nihongi.
Community discussion topics, basic information on the religion, and links.
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