Encyclopedia of Shinto

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Text (Kaibara Ekiken)
This work is comprised of one volume. It expounds upon the origins and characteristics of ancient Shinto in a didactic approach which explanations the basis for and the method of the worship of the heavenly and earthly deities, as well as the relation of the deities to Confucianism and Buddhism. Kaibara Ekiken wrote this work in 1704. Ekiken was a profound scholar well versed in both Japanese and Chinese studies, and he also had interest in Shinto. One of his distant ancestors was a priest at the Kibitsu Shrine in Bitchū, and he had rather early contact with the works of Watarai Nobuyoshi, he even visited Yoshikawa Koretari, and he also listened to Shinto lectures by Matsushita Kenrin. This work expounds upon the union of Shinto and Confucianism, and criticizes the rising influence of Buddhism. Also, he argues that because Kojiki and Nihon shoki are not scriptures of Shinto, but are historical works, the student of Shinto should use the four books (yonsho, later Confucian works) and five Confucian classics (gokyō) to gain an understanding of Shinto. Other works of Ekiken include Shinju benkō aimotorazu ron. These are contained in Ekiken zenshū (Ekiken Zenshū Kankōkai, 1910).
— Yazaki Hiroyuki

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