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The Shinto Shrines of Japan & Their History

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Shinto Shrines have become synonymous with Japan. These beautiful structures are an integral part of the rich history of this wonderful country. However, the understanding of these Shinto Shrines can be quite difficult for a western audience to interpret. In fact, there are words pertaining to these spiritual structures that don’t even have an equivalent in the English language. This makes understanding the significance behind these shrines that much more difficult, but arguably all that more appealing.

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Religion in Japan
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Religion in Japan – a brief Intro

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Concerning Japan, the term, shūkyō 宗教 (religion) has a very complex history, which is closely connected with the relationship between modern Japan and the West. Before the encounter with the western colonial powers, different terms were commonly employed, such as o michi  道, (via, way, system, as in, Shintō, “The way of the Gods”), while we have no proper equivalent for the European and American notion of religion, nor the aristotelic logic that led to the non-contraddiction principle: therefore, rather than interpret different thought systems as irreconciliable, such background favoured the compromise, the similarities and the shared elements.

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