Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Jinja Shintô
Text Shrine Shinto. The traditional religious practices carried on in shrines throughout Japan's history, as well as the attitudes toward life which support these practices. At the core of this religion exists a reverent religious experience which has prevailed from antiquity and which leads Japanese believers to experience the will and activity of the gods through various events of everyday life. Shrine Shinto claims no founder, but through the interpretation of classical mythology and the re-evaluation of folk ways, it is gradually organizing its own theology. The politico-theoretical side of Jinja Shintô is called Kokka Shintô or State Shinto. At present there are in Japan some 80,000 shrines, of which some 97 percent belong to the Jinja Honchô.