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Can someone explain the concept of Shintoism?

I guess I just don't understand it...

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Shintoism is an an animist tradition that focuses on reverence of ancestral spirits, and they also believed living things had sort of guardian spirits called kami.

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TheHarem
I've never heard of this. Thanks:)
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The really fascinating part is that it is compatible with other religions.

Most Japanese still celebrate Shonto rituals and traditions. However, a majority of the Japanese public is actually atheistic, whether just plain atheism or Zen Buddhism. Weirdly that means that a large number of Japanese are atheists who practice two religions.
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Two religions? Well, my one keeps me pretty occupied. Chuckle :)
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It goes to show that practicing a religion doesn't always entail worship of invisible gods, which many of ambient understanding don't grasp.
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I can. . . If you believe I can. There's your first lesson.

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indigenous religion of Japan, religion based on the worship of nature spirits and ancestors

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welcome Dear :)
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There is an excellent article in the wiki on this indigenous animistic and naturalistic belief of Japan: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto

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I spent two years in Japan. Studied the common belief system; it believes there are natural spirits in many living things, as well as higher level spirits (both natural and supernatural) called kami. Shinto ("way of the gods") is a way of honoring the past and history of Japan, as well as connecting to the world around you. Most people do this by visiting a shrine (sometimes frequently), putting up a home shrine, and visiting various places of natural beauty. It does not involve attending weekly meetings or listening to sermons, but individual devotion to ancestors and native spirits. Shinto is the fundamental connection between the power and beauty of nature (the land) and the people of Japan. It is the manifestation of a path to understanding the institution of divine power. It also is true that the majority of people in Japan do not so much practice it, as have it as part of their cultural matrix.
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