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The A to Z of Shinto

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Publisher Comments:

Shinto is the ancient religion of Japan. Indeed, it is one of the oldest religions in the world that is still followed. Over the centuries it has evolved out of the worship of kami, the divine within the world. Shinto has assumed many forms ranging from its origins as a folk religion to its gradual mixture with Buddhism over six centuries, and from its redefining after the Meiji Reformation in the interests of nationalism to the end of World War II, when it again became a more personal choice. As one of the few ancient religions that still thrives, it is of interest to greater circles than Japan specialists, although it remains difficult to understand and even harder to characterize in western terms. Fortunately however, understanding is greatly facilitated by The A to Z of Shinto, which traces its long historical evolution in the book's chronology and carefully considers the religion from different angles in the introduction. The dictionary includes hundreds of cross-referenced entries on significant institutions, concepts, writings, thinkers, and most importantly, the kami. The bibliography provides an outlet for further study.

Book News Annotation:

A revised paperback edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shinto, which was published by Scarecrow Press in 2002. Picken (emeritus, Nagoya U. of Commerce and Business Administration) offers a reference on the controversial Japanese religion that lacks a debatable rational core and agreed doctrines to deal with moral or social problems of life or attitudes toward the environment. His research has suggested that earlier prejudices against it are waning, and that interest in it is growing worldwide as more than an academic subject. He includes extensive cross-referencing but no index.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

A revised paperback edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shinto, which was published by Scarecrow Press in 2002. Picken (emeritus, Nagoya U. of Commerce and Business Administration) offers a reference on the controversial Japanese religion that lacks a debatable rational core and agreed doctrines to deal with moral or social problems of life or attitudes toward the environment. His research has suggested that earlier prejudices against it are waning, and that interest in it is growing worldwide as more than an academic subject. He includes extensive cross-referencing but no index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

As one of the few ancient religions that still thrives, Shinto is of interest to greater circles than Japan specialists, although it remains difficult to understand and even harder to characterize in western terms. Fortunately however, understanding is greatly facilitated by The A to Z of Shinto, which traces its long historical evolution in the book's chronology and carefully considers the religion from different angles in the introduction.

Synopsis:

Over the centuries Shinto has evolved out of the worship of kami, the divine within the world. As one of the few ancient religions that still thrives, it is of interest to greater circles than Japan specialists, although it remains difficult to understand and even harder to characterize in western terms. The A to Z of Shinto traces its long historical evolution in the book's chronology and carefully considers the religion from different angles in the introduction. The dictionary includes hundreds of cross-referenced entries on significant institutions, concepts, writings, thinkers, and most importantly, the kami. The bibliography provides an outlet for further study.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810855861
Author:
Picken, Stuart D. B.
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Author:
Picken, Stuart
Subject:
Shintoism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Japanese Religion and Literature
Series:
A to Z Guide
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
259
Dimensions:
8.48x5.44x.74 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , As one of the few ancient religions that still thrives, Shinto is of interest to greater circles than Japan specialists, although it remains difficult to understand and even harder to characterize in western terms. Fortunately however, understanding is greatly facilitated by The A to Z of Shinto, which traces its long historical evolution in the book's chronology and carefully considers the religion from different angles in the introduction.
"Synopsis" by , Over the centuries Shinto has evolved out of the worship of kami, the divine within the world. As one of the few ancient religions that still thrives, it is of interest to greater circles than Japan specialists, although it remains difficult to understand and even harder to characterize in western terms. The A to Z of Shinto traces its long historical evolution in the book's chronology and carefully considers the religion from different angles in the introduction. The dictionary includes hundreds of cross-referenced entries on significant institutions, concepts, writings, thinkers, and most importantly, the kami. The bibliography provides an outlet for further study.
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