Shinto
   Japanese religion with a complex history of engagement with Buddhism, folk practice, and imperial and international politics. Irit Averbuch identifies as shamanic a dance, accompanied by drums, cymbals, flutes, and songs, that induces a trance and invites kami, powerful other-than-human persons (perhaps “mysteries”), to possess the increasingly frenzied dancer. Stuart Picken suggests that such Kagura, ceremonial dances, might be best understood as chinkon, ceremonial pacifications of vengeful spirits. He also provides two other aspects of Shinto practices that might be considered shamanic: miko, entranced female mediums through whom kami elect to speak, and shugenja, ascetic purification in Shugendo. Picken also notes that there is speculation that the first empresses were shamans.

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  • SHINTO — Le shint 拏 est généralement défini comme la religion nationale du Japon, religion autochtone, par opposition au bouddhisme, religion étrangère importée du continent. C’est là une vision bien sommaire des choses, sinon totalement erronée, mais qui …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Shinto — (en japonés 神道, shintō) o shintoísmo (también sintoísmo) es una religión nativa de Japón. Involucra la adoración de kami, o espíritus de la naturaleza. Algunos kami son muy locales y son conocidos como espíritus o genios de un lugar en particular …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Shinto — [shin′tō] n. [Jpn shintō, shindō < SinoJpn shin, god (< Chin shen) + tō, dō, way] a principal religion of Japan, with emphasis upon the worship of nature and of ancestors and ancient heroes and upon the divinity of the emperor: prior to… …   English World dictionary

  • Shinto — Shin to, Shintiism Shin ti*ism, n. [Chin. shin god + tao way, doctrine.] One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes. [Written also {Sintu}, and {Sintuism}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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