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By John Breen

This obtainable consultant to the improvement of Japan’s indigenous faith from precedent days to the current day deals an illuminating creation to the myths, websites and rituals of kami worship, and their position in Shinto’s enduring non secular identity.Offers a distinct new method of Shinto historical past that mixes severe research with unique researchExamines key evolutionary moments within the lengthy background of Shinto, together with the Meiji Revolution of 1868, and gives the 1st severe heritage  in English or jap of the Hie shrine, some of the most vital in all JapanTraces the improvement of assorted shrines, myths, and rituals via heritage as uniquely various phenomena, exploring how and once they merged into the fashionable idea of Shinto that exists in Japan todayChallenges the old stereotype of Shinto because the unchanging, all-defining middle of eastern tradition

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At the end of the ceremony, the hafuri were instructed to “humbly receive these offerings … bear them up and present them [to the gods]” (Bock 1972: 70). In contrast to provincial governors, these hafuri were hardly part of the political elite. To most listed shrines the court assigned socalled “kami households” (kanbe), households whose tax payments and corvée duties were reserved for the running of those shrines. Hafuri were chosen from among these households, and they performed duties directly connected with the worship of the kami.

Matachi was greatly angered by this. Wearing armor and carrying a spear in his hand, he slew them and chased them away. At the mountain entrance he planted a stick in a ditch as a mark, and he announced to the yato-no-kami: “We shall give the land above this stick to you, as the domain of the kami, but the land below it will be turned into rice fields for the people. I shall become a priest [hafuri] of the kami, and I shall revere and worship you in all eternity. ” He set up a yashiro and did worship there for the first time.

Jingi myth was a product of the decades around 700, when the Yamato kings transformed themselves into heavenly emperors. While drawing on earlier sources and tales, the mythological texts did not simply codify an archaic oral tradition; rather, their authors and editors created a new discourse, which was constantly contested, revised, and rewritten, so that no “final version” ever emerged. The creation of new versions continued also after the Nihon shoki in 720, often with the more limited aim of raising the status of particular lineage.

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