The Surviving Gods
Shinto became a spiritual device for mobilizing the entire nation during the modernization of Japan after the Meiji era. In recent years, it is said that Japan has been accelerating its rightward shift, and some forces have emerged to reclaim Shinto as a national device.
So what exactly is Shinto? Shinto has been associated with the Emperor since ancient times. From its origins in ancient times, Shinto has been associated with "religiosity" and "the state." And cannot be discussed without considering the presence of the Emperor at its center.
However, Shinto and other Japanese religions have had a long history of syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism since their birth, and Shinto has expanded into something indigenous and animistic. In addition, from the medieval period, when the belief in Shinto gods prevailed, to the early modern period, there was a noticeable tendency for Shinto to become self-reliant.
In the Meiji Restoration period, Shinto finally changed its form significantly. The sacred Emperor's veneration system was embedded in society, and the country headed toward war.
This book discusses in detail how Shinto was involved in forming the spiritual culture of modern Japanese society, a theme that continues to the present day. At the same time, a leading Shinto scholar and authority on religious studies revealed that Shinto, since the Meiji period, which was directly linked to the "state," was an atypical form of Shinto.
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