Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Funeral ceremonies. In Shinto, the soul is believed to survive after death. However, funeral ceremonies are usually performed in the home or in facilities other than shrines due to the pollution associated with death. Present-day Shinto funeral ceremonies are based on the teachings of Hirata Atsutane and embody ancient Japanese views of life and death. However, most Japanese today hold Buddhist funerals.