What is Shinto?• Shinto is a purely national Japanese religion.• It was based on ancestors traditions and the worship of nature.• Shinto teaches the way of harmonious existence of men inspiritual unity with the world.• Crucial parts of Shinto are practices, rituals and ceremonies.
What ARE•There are numerousKAMI? of spirits in Shinto called kami.•It is believed that among them are spirits of the dead, spirits ofmountains, rocks, rivers, animals, trees, fire, wind, humanvirtues, etc.•Kami are invisibly present everywhere and are alwaysinvolved in people’s lives.
What is A JINJA or SHINTO SHRINE?A big gate at the entrance is the gateway to the sacred precincts of the ShintoShrine. The torii represents the division between the everyday world and thesacred shrine realm. This symbol of the Shinto Shrine is a place for a bird tosit and sing at first sight of the sun.
A SHINTO SHRINE IS… …a structure or place whose main purpose is to house the Shinto kami.… a place where all … a place of Masturithings in Nature (festival) where Shintogather together, and Priests conduct ritualstheir hearts and and prayers forsubstance individuals, familiespurified, refreshed and groups to dispeland renewed. misfortune and open… an enriched the path for Divineenvironment where Blessings andDivine Nature’s Life expressingGiving Forces are appreciation to Greatcommemorated like Nature.parents.
SHINTO AMULETS & TALISMANS protective amulet imbued with • Omamori is yearly good luck, protective power, blessings. You can pray to one omamori for one wish. Each omamori consists of holy paper or fabric and its little bag.• Ofuda is a type of household amulet or talisman, issued by aShinto shrine, and is hung in the house for protection. It is made byinscribing the name of a kami on a strip of paper, wood, cloth, ormetal. It is believed to protect the family in the residence fromgeneral harm, such as a disease. •Magatama is an ancient Japanese Shinto ornament/talisman which came from an ancient Korean diagram representing the mothers womb, or embryo, and hence it brings all good things, like the blessing of a new child, growth, longevity, and prosperity.
SHINTO CEREMONIESWEDDINGCEREMONY Naked Man Ceremony for Good Luck and Good Harvest
SUMO – A SHINTO RITUALsport steeped in religious ritual. the gods • Sumo is a • Sumo was originally performed to entertain (kami) during festivals. • The origins of sumo date back 2000 years.Symbolism in Sumo:•The sand – Purity• The canopy – a roof of a Shrine• The four tassels – the four seasons
AIKIDO – SHINTO PHILOSOPHY• Ai (joining) KI (spirit) Do (way) reflects a Shinto cosmology.• The powerfully flowing spiral movements of Aiki techniques are an actsof meditation, removing the obstructions that keep practitioners from thelife giving forces.• The Founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei O’Sensei said: “Aiki is the way of the Kami and was born of the will of the Kami. Rise early in the morning to greet the sun. Inhale the breath of heaven and let the cosmos inside. Next breath up the rich vibrancies of the earth. Blend these breaths with your own breath and become the breath of life itself. Your mind and body will be gladdened, heartache
SHINTO & LOVE OFNature is NATURE sacred. To be in contact with nature means to beclose to the Gods. • Natural objects are worshipped as sacred spirits • Kami resides in nature • Shinto shrines were traditionally built near waterfalls, caves, rock formations, mountain tops, or forest glens • Rituals are held outdoors, among natural surroundings
SHINTO & ANCESTORS• “They are the givers of life, the givers of wealth, and the makers andteachers of the present• To forget or neglect them, to treat them with rude indifference, is the proofof an evil heart• They represent the unwritten law, the traditions of the commune, the dutiesof all to all• They represent the mystery of the invisible: to Shinto believes they aregods.”(“Japan, an attempt at interpretation”, by Lafcadio Hearn; London, McMillanLtd. Co., 1904)