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24th Oct '16 1:26:26 PM SpaceWolf
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28th May '16 4:51:19 AM ProfessorDetective
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According to the CreationStory, the gods [[GodCouple Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto]] were tasked with creating Japan by the [[ElderGods first gods]], Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi. Using the sacred [[BladeOnAStick jeweled spear Ama-no-Nuboko]], they created Onogoro Island, and made their home there. When they wished to be married, they build a palace with a pillar in the middle, and walked around the pillar in opposite directions. When they met, Izanami spoke first, and gave birth to Hiruko, the deformed leech-god of fishermen. They walked around the pillar again, and this time Izanagi spoke first, and Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung among many other gods]]. Tragedy struck when Izanami gave birth to [[PlayingWithFire Kagutsuchi]] and was [[{{Squick}} burnt to death in the process]]. Izanagi sliced Kagutsuchi to pieces, and the pieces became dozens of lesser deities. He [[ToHellAndBack travelled to Yomi]], the underworld, to retrieve his wife, but saw she had become a [[StringyHairedGhostGirl rotted corpse]] and fled in terror. Izanami, enraged, swore to kill a thousand humans, and Izanagi vowed to create 1500 to take their place. To cleanse himself, Izanagi washed his face, and from his right eye, left eye, and nose, respectively, the [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun goddess Amaterasu]], [[{{Lunacy}} moon god Tsukuyomi]], and [[HostileWeather storm god Susanoo]] were born.

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According to the CreationStory, the gods [[GodCouple Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto]] were tasked with creating Japan by the [[ElderGods first gods]], Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi. Using the sacred [[BladeOnAStick jeweled spear Ama-no-Nuboko]], Ame-no-Nuboko]], they created Onogoro Island, and made their home there. When they wished to be married, they build a palace with a pillar in the middle, and walked around the pillar in opposite directions. When they met, Izanami spoke first, and gave birth to Hiruko, the deformed leech-god of fishermen. They walked around the pillar again, and this time Izanagi spoke first, and Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung among many other gods]]. Tragedy struck when Izanami gave birth to [[PlayingWithFire Kagutsuchi]] and was [[{{Squick}} burnt to death in the process]]. Izanagi sliced Kagutsuchi to pieces, and the pieces became dozens of lesser deities. He [[ToHellAndBack travelled to Yomi]], the underworld, to retrieve his wife, but saw she had become a [[StringyHairedGhostGirl rotted corpse]] and fled in terror. Izanami, enraged, swore to kill a thousand humans, and Izanagi vowed to create 1500 to take their place. To cleanse himself, Izanagi washed his face, and from his right eye, left eye, and nose, respectively, the [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun goddess Amaterasu]], [[{{Lunacy}} moon god Tsukuyomi]], and [[HostileWeather storm god Susanoo]] were born.
29th May '15 3:31:48 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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Highly related to JapaneseMythology. Subtropes include {{Miko}}, ShrinesAndTemples, {{Onmyodo}}, [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]], {{Youkai}}. See also {{Buddhism}} and ReligionIsMagic. Compare Wicca, Druidism, and Heathenry, for similar animistic folk practices.

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Highly related to JapaneseMythology.Myth/JapaneseMythology. Subtropes include {{Miko}}, ShrinesAndTemples, {{Onmyodo}}, [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]], {{Youkai}}. See also {{Buddhism}} and ReligionIsMagic. Compare Wicca, Druidism, and Heathenry, for similar animistic folk practices.
31st Mar '15 12:23:14 AM jormis29
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Amaterasu became TheHighQueen of the gods and the ancestor of the [[AGodIAm emperors of Japan]], but had [[DysfunctionalFamily issues]] with her brother [[{{Jerkass}} Susanoo]]. To escape his rages, she once hid herself away in a cave, forcing the other gods to coax her out to prevent TheNightThatNeverEnds. When Susanoo raped her attendants and violated her temples, Amaterasu [[TheExile cast him out of the heavens]]. Susanoo became TheAtoner, wandering Japan until he came across a family of minor earth deities plagued by the [[UrExample Yamata no]] {{Orochi}}, a dragon with eight heads and eight tails, to which they had fed seven of their eight daughters. Susanoo fell in love with the last daughter, Kushinada, and [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguised himself as her]], tricking the Orochi into getting [[CantHoldHisLiquor drunk on sake]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing it]]. Inside its body, he found the sword [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ama-no-Murakumo]], which was later renamed the [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]]. He married Kushinada and presented the Kusanagi to his sister as a peace offering and was accepted back into the heavens.

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Amaterasu became TheHighQueen of the gods and the ancestor of the [[AGodIAm emperors of Japan]], but had [[DysfunctionalFamily issues]] with her brother [[{{Jerkass}} Susanoo]]. To escape his rages, she once hid herself away in a cave, forcing the other gods to coax her out to prevent TheNightThatNeverEnds. When Susanoo raped her attendants and violated her temples, Amaterasu [[TheExile cast him out of the heavens]]. Susanoo became TheAtoner, wandering Japan until he came across a family of minor earth deities plagued by the [[UrExample Yamata no]] {{Orochi}}, a dragon with eight heads and eight tails, to which they had fed seven of their eight daughters. Susanoo fell in love with the last daughter, Kushinada, and [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguised himself as her]], tricking the Orochi into getting [[CantHoldHisLiquor drunk on sake]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing it]]. Inside its body, he found the sword [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ama-no-Murakumo]], which was later renamed the [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]].{{Kusanagi}}. He married Kushinada and presented the Kusanagi to his sister as a peace offering and was accepted back into the heavens.
23rd Mar '15 9:27:56 AM N1KF
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Highly related to JapaneseMythology. Subtropes include {{Miko}}, ShrinesAndTemples, {{Onmyodo}}, [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]], {{Youkai}}. See also {{Buddhism}} and ReligionIsMagic. Compare Wicca, Druidism, and Heathenry, for similar animistic folk practices.

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Highly related to JapaneseMythology. Subtropes include {{Miko}}, ShrinesAndTemples, {{Onmyodo}}, [[PaperTalisman [=Ofuda=]]], {{Youkai}}. See also {{Buddhism}} and ReligionIsMagic. Compare Wicca, Druidism, and Heathenry, for similar animistic folk practices.practices.

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20th Jan '15 7:17:10 AM Iruparatso
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Shinto is not necessarily an organized religion. There are common practices that most shrines agree upon, but there is no "true" set of beliefs that practitioners are expected to hold. Rather Shinto is a catch-all term for a series of native Japanese rituals that have a wide variety of origins. Similarly, no two temples share the same set of practices, and the religion is highly localized. There are a few recurring themes that most practioners agree upon:
* Cleanliness is next to godliness. Being neat and organized is a hallmark of Japanese culture, and their religion reflects this. The most heinous offenses in Shinto involve practices seen as especially unclean, and all of them revolve around death. Death is seen as the ultimate impurity: for example, Susanoo defiled his sister's temples by throwing dead animals into them. This cultural revulsion toward death led to the very real creation of the ''burakumin'' untouchable caste, a group of people who historically worked in fields like undertaking, meat butchering, skinning, and tanning. Even today the ''burakumin'' face severe discrimination, which is why so many of them can only find work within the local ''yakuza''.
* The existence of ''kami'', divine spirits that exist in just about every aspect of nature. Trees are particularly sacred, though they are not worshipped so much as revered (those giant anime trees with ropes and pieces of paper around them? Those are sacred trees). That said, ''kami'' exist in everything, including rocks and specs of dust. Kami are prayed to, though not because they are necessarily higher beings; rather they are powerful and must be appeased if one wishes to live in harmony with their world. Peace with nature is thus a hallmark of many Shinto practices. The reverence for pieces of nature is seen by many outsiders as a form of animism, to which the Shinto priests would nod their heads and say, [[JapanesePoliteness "Oh? Is that so?"]]

That's about all the shared traits that the various temples have. Some have festivals revering particular gods, some revere parts of the human anatomy (you know the part), some revere general concepts like love or fortune, and some just exist as a quiet space where Japanese people can get away from their workaday worlds and sip tea under the trees.



Shinto coexists easily with other religions. It shares the space in people's heart with Buddhism and Taoism. It's not unusual for a Japanese person to start life in Shintoism as his or her name is registered in the nearby shrine, to be acknowledged by the local gods as the new member of the community, hold a marriage the Western (Christian) way, probably because [[RuleOfCool it's cool]], then leave this world as a Buddhist with a Buddhist funeral.

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Shinto coexists easily with other religions. It shares the space in people's heart with Buddhism and Taoism. It's not unusual for a A common expression of Japanese person to start life in Shintoism as his or her name religious belief is registered in that the nearby shrine, to be acknowledged by Japanese are born Shinto, marry Christian, and die Buddhist. This isn't a case of conversion throughout life, but the local gods as fact that the new member of Japanese are quite comfortable picking and choosing which religious practices they like and ignoring the community, hold a marriage the Western (Christian) way, probably because [[RuleOfCool it's cool]], then leave rest. Shinto is completely fine with this world as a Buddhist with a Buddhist funeral.
practice.
30th Dec '14 8:46:03 PM Hadjorim
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As for the GodEmperor belief, some people see it as an imposition used to consolidate power into the emperor and central government (pre-Meiji Restoration) and into the emperor and military (post-Meiji Restoration) and vociferously reject it in favor of a view of the inherent divinity of all humanity. While the Imperial family may be revered or looked up to by the majority of Japanese, this is mostly ceremonial even for those who do believe in divine lineage, and outright ''worship'' of the Emperor as the one true God above all is reserved for extreme nationalists - e.g. Japan's answer to Neo-Nazis.

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As for the GodEmperor belief, some people see pre-WWII it was accepted that the imperial family was divine, as an imposition used to consolidate power into descended from Amaterasu, and the emperor and central government (pre-Meiji Restoration) and into was a living demigod. Post-WWII, the emperor and military (post-Meiji Restoration) and vociferously reject it in favor of a view of the inherent divinity of all humanity.was made to renounce his divine lineage. While the Imperial family may be revered or looked up to by the majority of Japanese, this is mostly ceremonial even for those who do believe in divine lineage, and outright ''worship'' of the Emperor as the one true God above all is reserved for extreme nationalists - e.g. Japan's answer to Neo-Nazis.
30th Dec '14 8:27:04 PM Hadjorim
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Shintō (神道[[note]]Literally ''divine path''[[/note]]) or Shintoism, was the original religion of Japan and the Japanese people before Buddhism came along. Essentially, [[AncientTradition it's a set of practices]], to be carried out diligently, to [[AppealToTradition establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past]]. Shinto today is a term that applies to public shrines suited to various purposes such as war memorials, harvest festivals, romance, and historical monuments, as well as various sectarian organizations. It's notable for being rather light on philosophizing and heavy on community spirits.

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Shintō (神道[[note]]Literally ''divine path''[[/note]]) or Shintoism, was the original religion of Japan and the Japanese people before Buddhism came along. Essentially, [[AncientTradition it's a set of practices]], to be carried out diligently, to [[AppealToTradition establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past]]. Shinto today is a term that applies to public shrines suited to various purposes such as war memorials, harvest festivals, romance, and historical monuments, as well as various sectarian organizations. It's notable for being rather light on philosophizing and heavy on community spirits.
spirits. In short, Shintoism, particularly modern Shintoism, is less a religion and more of a celebration of Japanese-ness.
23rd May '14 8:02:24 PM AnoBakaDesu
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According to the CreationStory, the gods [[GodCouple Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto]] were tasked with creating Japan by the [[ElderGods first gods]], Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi. Using the sacred [[BladeOnAStick jeweled spear Ame-no-Nuboko]], they created Onogoro Island, and made their home there. When they wished to be married, they build a palace with a pillar in the middle, and walked around the pillar in opposite directions. When they met, Izanami spoke first, and gave birth to Hiruko, the deformed leech-god of fishermen. They walked around the pillar again, and this time Izanagi spoke first, and Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung among many other gods]]. Tragedy struck when Izanami gave birth to [[PlayingWithFire Kagutsuchi]] and was [[{{Squick}} burnt to death in the process]]. Izanagi sliced Kagutsuchi to pieces, and the pieces became dozens of lesser deities. He [[ToHellAndBack travelled to Yomi]], the underworld, to retrieve his wife, but saw she had become a [[StringyHairedGhostGirl rotted corpse]] and fled in terror. Izanami, enraged, swore to kill a thousand humans, and Izanagi vowed to create 1500 to take their place. To cleanse himself, Izanagi washed his face, and from his right eye, left eye, and nose, respectively, the [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun goddess Amaterasu]], [[{{Lunacy}} moon god Tsukuyomi]], and [[HostileWeather storm god Susanoo]] were born.

Amaterasu became TheHighQueen of the gods and the ancestor of the [[AGodIAm emperors of Japan]], but had [[DysfunctionalFamily issues]] with her brother [[{{Jerkass}} Susanoo]]. To escape his rages, she once hid herself away in a cave, forcing the other gods to coax her out to prevent TheNightThatNeverEnds. When Susanoo raped her attendants and violated her temples, Amaterasu [[TheExile cast him out of the heavens]]. Susanoo became TheAtoner, wandering Japan until he came across a family of minor earth deities plagued by the [[UrExample Yamata no]] {{Orochi}}, a dragon with eight heads and eight tails, to which they had fed seven of their eight daughters. Susanoo fell in love with the last daughter, Kushinada, and [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguised himself as her]], tricking the Orochi into getting [[CantHoldHisLiquor drunk on sake]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing it]]. Inside its body, he found the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ama-no-Murakumo]], which was later renamed the [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]]. He married Kushinada and presented the Kusanagi to his sister as a peace offering and was accepted back into the heavens.

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According to the CreationStory, the gods [[GodCouple Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto]] were tasked with creating Japan by the [[ElderGods first gods]], Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi. Using the sacred [[BladeOnAStick jeweled spear Ame-no-Nuboko]], Ama-no-Nuboko]], they created Onogoro Island, and made their home there. When they wished to be married, they build a palace with a pillar in the middle, and walked around the pillar in opposite directions. When they met, Izanami spoke first, and gave birth to Hiruko, the deformed leech-god of fishermen. They walked around the pillar again, and this time Izanagi spoke first, and Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung among many other gods]]. Tragedy struck when Izanami gave birth to [[PlayingWithFire Kagutsuchi]] and was [[{{Squick}} burnt to death in the process]]. Izanagi sliced Kagutsuchi to pieces, and the pieces became dozens of lesser deities. He [[ToHellAndBack travelled to Yomi]], the underworld, to retrieve his wife, but saw she had become a [[StringyHairedGhostGirl rotted corpse]] and fled in terror. Izanami, enraged, swore to kill a thousand humans, and Izanagi vowed to create 1500 to take their place. To cleanse himself, Izanagi washed his face, and from his right eye, left eye, and nose, respectively, the [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun goddess Amaterasu]], [[{{Lunacy}} moon god Tsukuyomi]], and [[HostileWeather storm god Susanoo]] were born.

Amaterasu became TheHighQueen of the gods and the ancestor of the [[AGodIAm emperors of Japan]], but had [[DysfunctionalFamily issues]] with her brother [[{{Jerkass}} Susanoo]]. To escape his rages, she once hid herself away in a cave, forcing the other gods to coax her out to prevent TheNightThatNeverEnds. When Susanoo raped her attendants and violated her temples, Amaterasu [[TheExile cast him out of the heavens]]. Susanoo became TheAtoner, wandering Japan until he came across a family of minor earth deities plagued by the [[UrExample Yamata no]] {{Orochi}}, a dragon with eight heads and eight tails, to which they had fed seven of their eight daughters. Susanoo fell in love with the last daughter, Kushinada, and [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguised himself as her]], tricking the Orochi into getting [[CantHoldHisLiquor drunk on sake]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing it]]. Inside its body, he found the sword [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ama-no-Murakumo]], which was later renamed the [[PublicDomainArtifact Kusanagi]]. He married Kushinada and presented the Kusanagi to his sister as a peace offering and was accepted back into the heavens.
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