Shinto: A Celebration of Life

Shinto A Celebration of Life Shinto is an ancient faith of forests and snow capped mountains It sees the divine in rocks and streams communing with spirit worlds through bamboo twigs and the evergreen sakaki tree Yet it is also

  • Title: Shinto: A Celebration of Life
  • Author: Aidan Rankin
  • ISBN: 9781846944383
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shinto is an ancient faith of forests and snow capped mountains It sees the divine in rocks and streams, communing with spirit worlds through bamboo twigs and the evergreen sakaki tree Yet it is also the manicured suburban garden and the blades of grass between cracks in city paving stones Structured around ritual cleansing, Shinto contains no concept of sin It reveresShinto is an ancient faith of forests and snow capped mountains It sees the divine in rocks and streams, communing with spirit worlds through bamboo twigs and the evergreen sakaki tree Yet it is also the manicured suburban garden and the blades of grass between cracks in city paving stones Structured around ritual cleansing, Shinto contains no concept of sin It reveres ancestors, but thinks little about the afterlife, asking us to live in, and improve, the present Central to Shinto is Kannagara intuitive acceptance of the divine power contained in all living things Dai Shizen Great Nature is the life force with which we ally ourselves through spiritual practice and living simply This is not asceticism, but an affirmation of all aspects of life Musubi organic growth provides a model for reconciling ancient intuition with modern science, modern society with primal human needs Shinto is an unbroken indigenous path that now reaches beyond its native Japan It has special relevance to us a

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    1. I would have liked to have given this 4 stars as it was the first english language study of the actual philosophy behind shintoism rather than simply a description of shrines and rituals.but there was a but too much contemporary editorializing on unrelated issues which, even if I agreed with many of the points raised, did not add to the core of the narrative.

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