Shinto

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Shinto relating to or characteristic of Shintoism "Shinto temples"
    • n Shinto the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors
    • n Shinto the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shinto One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Shinto The system of nature-and hero-worship which forms the indigenous religion of Japan. Its gods number about 14,000, and are propitiated by offerings of food and by music and dancing. The chief deity is Amaterasŭ, the sun-goddess (that is, the sun), the first-born of Izanagi and Izanami, the divine creative pair. The system inculcates reverence for ancestors, and recognizes certain ceremonial defilements, such as contact with the dead, for purification from which there are set forms. It possesses no ethical code, no doctrinal system, no priests, and no public worship, and its temples and shrines contain no idols. See kami.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shinto shin′tō the system of nature and hero worship forming the indigenous religion of Japan
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chin. shin, god + tao, way, doctrine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Jap.,=Chin. shin taoshin, god, tao, way, doctrine.

Usage

In literature:

It is the icy purism of the sword-soul before which Shinto-Japan prostrates herself even to-day.
"The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura
For peaks are peculiarly sacred spots in the Shinto faith.
"The Soul of the Far East" by Percival Lowell
Jingi-Jimu-Kioku, or Department of the Shinto Religion.
"The Constitutional Development of Japan 1863-1881" by Toyokichi Iyenaga
An American tourist, who was stopping in Tokio had visited every point of interest and had seen everything to be seen except a Shinto funeral.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Shinto and Buddhist temples also reveal artistic qualities most pleasing to the eye.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
They are always to be found before the entrance to a Shinto temple.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The Shinto temples are approached through what might be termed an archway, only that the arch does not enter into its composition.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
It is stated that this is a part of the ancient "Shinto" religion of Japan and China.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Morning and evening Mrs. Koizumi, a daughter of the ancient caste, subscribing to Shinto beliefs, holds communion with the august spirit.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard
A common theme seems to have been the lampooning of clergy, both Buddhist and Shinto.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

Eight million Shinto deities
travel secretly throughout the earth.
Those modest gods touch us--
touch us and move on.
"When sorrow lays us low" by Jorge Luis Borges

In news:

Elisabetta Canalis and Steve-O were snapped locking lips while having a romantic dinner at Rome's Shinto Sushi restaurant.
Drawing on a Rich Lode of Shinto-Buddhist Culture.
The brainchild of Cincinnati-born and Brooklyn-based designer Paul Loebach, Areaware's Shanty Lamp ($75) is crafted from pine and references "Shinto temples and humble wooden cabins".
Shinto Priest Protects Electronics From Bad Mojo.
Drawing on a Rich Lode of Shinto -Buddhist Culture.
A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine by John K Nelson University of Washington Press, 286 pp.
Japan welcomes sumo's first new grand champion in five years, in a tradition-steeped ceremony at a Shinto shrine in the country's heaving capital.
Families of two Shinto priests who were interned on December 8, 1941, immediately upon declaration of war.
Because a Shinto wedding requires a display of white, symbolizing purity, Super Potato incorporated a silk banner—splashed with red—into the shrine 's design.
Photo by Yunhee Kim, food styling by Karen Shinto, prop styling by Emma Star Jensen, written by The Sunset Food Staff.
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