|Publisher||Duncan Baird Pub|
|Publication Date||July 31, 2002|
A concise and accessible introduction to the world of Shinto, its development and key principles. Shinto, or "the Way of the Gods", is the indigenous religion of Japan. To understand Japan it is essential to have some knowledge of this faith's history, theology and ritual practices. Shinto explores the sacred texts, persons and spaces as well as beliefs on death and society. Shinto practices now live side by side with Buddhism in Japan, yet Japan has remained distinct. Concepts such as the importance of groups over the individual, as well as customs of cleanliness, offer a fascinating glimpse into this unique culture.