Shinto the Kami Way

November 30, 2020
Shinto the Kami Way

"An excellently rounded introduction by an eminentShinto scholar."—Library JournalShinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, continuesto fascinate and mystify both the casual visitor to Japan and thelong-time resident. Relatively unknown among the religions of theworld, Shinto: The Kami Way provides an enlightening windowinto this Japanese faith.In its general aspects Shinto is more than a religiousfaith. It is an amalgam of attitudes, ideas, and ways of doingthings that through two millennia and more have become an integralpart of the way of the Japanese people. Shinto is both a personalfaith in the kami—objects of worship in Shinto and an honorific fornoble, sacred spirits—and a communal way of life according to themind of the kami. This introduction unveils Shinto's spiritualcharacteristics and discusses the architecture and function ofShinto shrines. Further examination of Shinto's lively festivals,worship, music, and sacred regalia illustrates Shinto's influenceon all levels of Japanese life.Fifteen photographs, numerous drawings and Dr. Ono's textintroduce the reader to two millennia of indigenous Japanese beliefin the kami and in communal life.Chapters include:The Kami WayShrinesWorship and FestivalsPolitical and Social CharacteristicsSome Spiritual Characteristics