Can someone explain the concept of Shintoism?
I guess I just don't understand it...
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.
I can. . . If you believe I can. There's your first lesson.
indigenous religion of Japan, religion based on the worship of nature spirits and ancestors
There is an excellent article in the wiki on this indigenous animistic and naturalistic belief of Japan: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto