Books about Shintoism
Shinto or kami-no-michi is the natural spirituality of Japan and the Japanese people. The word Shinto ("Way of the Gods") was adopted from the written Chinese, combining two kanji: "shin", meaning gods or spirits (originally from the Chinese word shen); and "tō", or "do" meaning a philosophical path or study (originally from the Chinese word tao).
Shinto incorporates spiritual practices derived from many local and regional prehistoric traditions, but did not emerge as a formal centralized religious institution until the arrival of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism, beginning in the 6th century. Buddhism gradually adapted in Japan to the native spiruality, including, for example, counting kami from the Shinto belief among the bodhisattvas (bosatsu).
Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 7th and 8th century. Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion", but practices associated with harvests and other seasonal clan events, along with a uniquely Japanese cosmogony and mythology, combining spiritual traditions of the ascendant clans of early Japan, mainly the Yamato and Izumo cultures. More »
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Have you heard of the secret Book of Dzyan?Generations of Truth-seekers have been searching for this mysterious manuscript of untold antiquity that co...
The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
By Motohisa Yamakage
In The Essence of Shinto, revered Shinto master Motohisa Yamakage explains the core values of Shinto and explores both basic tenets and its more esote...
Shinto the Kami Way
By Sokyo Ono Ph.D.
"An excellently rounded introduction by an eminent Shinto scholar."—Library JournalShinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, continues to...
This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings i...
The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters (Translations from the Asian Classics)
By no Yasumaro O & Gustav Heldt
Japan's oldest surviving narrative, the eighth-century Kojiki, chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diver...
Shinto Norito - A Book of Prayers (perfect bound)
By Ann Llewellyn Evans
Shinto Norito: A Book of Prayers is the first book to present not only an English translation of ancient Shinto prayers, but also the romanized Japane...
During the late twelfth to fourteenth centuries, several precursors of what is now commonly known as Shinto came together for the first time. By focus...
Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art
By Sinéad Vilbar & Talia J Andrei
Bringing the rich Japanese Shinto artistic tradition to life, this handsome volume explores the significance of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and ...
The Kojiki is one of the two primary sources for Shinto, the Japanese national religion. It starts in the realm of myth, with the creation of Japan fr...
Psychotherapy and Religion in Japan: The Japanese Introspection Practice of Naikan
By Chikako Ozawa-De Silva
Naikan is a Japanese psychotherapeutic method which combines meditation-like body engagement with the recovery of memory and the reconstruction of one...