Shinto: Origins, Rituals, Festivals, Spirits, Sacred Places

Shinto provides a succinct, authoritative and accessible introduction to one of the great religious traditions The book is organized around nine key themes Origins and Historical Development, Aspects of the Divine, Sacred Texts, Sacred Persons, Ethical Principles, Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Death and the Afterlife, and Society and Religion Each of these themes is suppleShinto provides a succinct, authoritative and accessible introduction to one of the great religious traditions The book is organized around nine key themes Origins and Historical Development, Aspects of the Divine, Sacred Texts, Sacred Persons, Ethical Principles, Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Death and the Afterlife, and Society and Religion Each of these themes is supplemented by extracts from or summaries of historical texts, with a concise commentary that explains its significance or places it in context From back cover.
Shinto Origins Rituals Festivals Spirits Sacred Places Shinto provides a succinct authoritative and accessible introduction to one of the great religious traditions The book is organized around nine key themes Origins and Historical Development Aspects

  • Title: Shinto: Origins, Rituals, Festivals, Spirits, Sacred Places
  • Author: C. Scott Littleton
  • ISBN: 9780195218862
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Shinto: Origins, Rituals, Festivals, Spirits, Sacred Places”

    1. EXTREMELY informative and helpful! I personally was doing some research on Shintoism and Buddhism because I am going to convert, and Mr. Littlelon does an excellent job in explaining the people of Japan's beliefs and rituals in such a simple and understandable way that it actually makes sense. Also a good source for a project. Highly recommend this book.

    2. I really liked this. Thematically organized in nine (9) chapters*, it's chock-full & concise, contains several pretty pictures, and a glossary. What earns it an extra star are 'Extract and Commentary' sections at the end of every chapter, containing (obviously) extracts from and commentaries on various texts - both ancient and modern, sacred and profane - relating to Shinto. Very illuminating as an introduction. _____________* -Origins and Historical Development-Aspects of the Divine-Sacred [...]

    3. An interesting overview and "first look" at Shinto origins and evolution meant for those with little to no background information on the religion and its history. Not very in depth on any particular topic, but a great starting point for those who are interested in Shinto's history and traditions.

    4. A rather average book on Shinto, giving most of the basics in a very quick format. I was dismayed, though, that Littleton skipped over some important aspects of Shinto and Japanese history (such as the reason Izanami and Izanagi must go around the spear twice). Littleton also writes, at times, in a journalistic manner, repeating himself within chapters. The book is really only useful to those who want a quick overview for bearings and who -will- go on to read something deeper and more descriptiv [...]

    5. Very interesting topic, though the book was just "okay". I'd have prefered to learn more details about the ethics of Shinto and about how people parctice it in modern Japan. The part about the origins and the details about the spirits were a bit dry and long for my taste. I also would have like more pictures or to have the facts discribed in a more vivid way. But all in all it's a nice introduction to the Shinto religion and gives a general idea about it.

    6. Not spectacular, but a good intro. There were many things mentioned in passing that I've made notes to explore later, so I appreciate that. I did like some of the source materials used, but it is really a very basic treatment in general. It also does not have a conclusion at all, it just ends as though the author was tired of telling me things.

    7. A quick and enjoyable read that strikes a good balance of discussing both the history of Shintoism ancient and modern and how it affects different aspects of Japanese culture. The chapters are long enough to discuss different aspects of each theme, but short enough that you can easily read this book in short spurts.

    8. This books offers some quick and basic information about Shinto in Japan. It's quite an easy read and interesting for people who don't know much about Shinto yet and wish to get a quick introduction. These basics can then be used as the starting point for further reading about the subject.

    9. very basic introduction to Shinto. great beginner material due to the simple structure and lack of depth. colorful, though. funny, I actually have the book (Sources of Japanese Tradition) this book kept citing.

    10. A good general introductory overview with a lot of historical information, although it jumps around a little and has some repeat information here and there.

    11. Not a bad intro into the religion and rites of Shinto. However, this is a very basic overview. Not too much information included therein.

    12. Intriguing dissection of Shintoism, from ambiguous roots to major influence on the customs of modern Japanese society; and the evolution of it's intwinement with Buddhism throughout history.

    13. Nicely accessible and fairly in-depth introduction to Shinto, particularly as there doesn't seem to be too many books on the subject. Recommended to all Japanophiles!

    14. Really basic, and it got a bit repetitive. I wish there was more information on practices and how it developed with Japanese culture.

    15. As brief introductions go, this is a really excellent and interesting one. Certainly whetted my appetite to go out and explore Shinto in more detail.

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