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Shinto Traditions

Practices, Ceremonies, Rituals and Festivals

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PRACTICES

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What is a Religious Practice?The act of rehearsing a religion’s traditional, moral and ethical beliefs.Shinto practices commemorate kamiTake place mostly in ShrinesTies in and incorporates ritualsMajor theme: purification (the act of removing uncleanliness to show devotion to the kami)

Shinto Practices

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Shinto’s main religious practiceOmairi means “participation”Done by visiting ShrinesWay of paying respect to kami

Omairi

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Rite of ritual purification (major theme in Shinto religion)Ceremony of offerings and prayers of many forms

Harae

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Means water purificationPractice of purificationDone whilst reciting prayers (defined to this particular practice)Mostly performed in Shrines or natural settings

Misogi

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Ancient Shinto danceMeans “seat of the kami”Aim is to entertain the kamiInvolves a lion mask as image and presence of deity

Kagura

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Test Yourself

What is a major theme in Shinto practices?

What is the meaning of

Omairi

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Which practice involves an Ancient Shinto dance being performed?

What are the aim of practices?

Where do they mostly take place?

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What is a major theme in Shinto practices? PurificationWhat is the meaning of Omairi? ParticipationWhich practice involves an Ancient Shinto dance being performed? KaguraWhat are the aim of practices? To commemorate the kamiWhere do they mostly take place? Shrines

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CEREMONIES

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What are Religious Ceremonies?Religious ceremonies is a formal religious occasion, typically celebrating a particular event of great significanceSpirituality of Shinto revealed through ceremoniesRemained unchanged for thousands of yearsAllow adherents to celebrate and give gratitude in order to live joyful and productive lives as part of Divine NatureEnhances connection with the kamiCover significant life eventsPerformed by Shinto priests

Shinto Ceremonies

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Cover a range of personal and social concernsBuilds closer connection with the kami

Kito (Prayer Ceremonies)

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HATSUMIYAMAIRI 1st shrine visit of a newborn baby SHICHI-GO-SAN MAIRI ceremony for boys ages 3 and 5 and girls ages 3 and 7 to pray for continued health and safe growth and developmentSEIJINSHIKI coming of age rite (age 20)SHINZEN KEKKON SHIKI Wedding Ceremony

Jensei

Girei

(Life Cycle Rites)

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Most significant ceremony in Shinto religionInitiates individuals, welcoming them into adult Japanese societyRepresents an important milestone

Coming of Age Ceremony

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The following link below shows an example of a Shinto ceremony.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R__jKqJcUsoWatch carefully and note any distinctive features you see.

Shinto Ceremonies in Action

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What is the major aim of ceremonies?What is revealed through these ceremonies?Name three major ceremonies in the Shinto Religion.Name the most significant Shinto ceremony.Who are they conducted by?

Test Yourself

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What is the major aim of ceremonies? Enhances connection with kamiWhat is revealed through these ceremonies? Spirituality of ShintoName three major ceremonies in the Shinto Religion. *Can be any of the ones mentioned above*Name the most significant Shinto ceremony. Coming of Age Ceremony Who are they conducted by? Shinto Priests

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RITUALS

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What are Religious Rituals?Religious rituals consist of a series of actions performed according to traditional orderTaking part in rituals beings Shinto unites communityEntertain the Kami and peopleCommunication with the kami takes place hereMost common type involve purification; life cycle rituals also prominent themes

Shinto Rituals

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Rituals examined on number of levels including:Jinja Shinto- takes place at ShrinesMinzoku Shinto- relates to folk religion in JapanKoshitsu Shinto- practiced at national levelRefer to the “Shinto Practices” slides for specific rituals carried out by Shinto adherents

Shinto Rituals

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Rinsing of mouths and washing of handsWorshippers proceed to Haiden (prayer hall)Clap their hands 2 times (alerts kami)Devotees bow deeply in respect of kami

Entering the Shrine

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Place the following images in order in which Shinto adherents enter shrines.

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FESTIVALS

Matsuri

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What are Religious Festivals?Religious festivals are days or periods of celebration to commemorate something in particularVary from community to communityFeatures dancers, boats and bonfiresTypically involve food offerings, procession of kami in palanquins and ritual prayersIncludes visits to local shrines

Shinto Festivals

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A large festival with large attendanceInvolves people thinking about the kami and making resolutions for New Year

Oshogatsu

-New Year

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Coming of Age celebration

Sejin

Shiki-Adults Day

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Festival surrounding the planting of cropsSpring is a time of many festivitiesYellow and red are typically worn (to represent presence of the kami in Spring)

Haru

Matsuri

- Spring Festival

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A time to thank the kami for a good harvestBlue and red are typically worn (to represent the presence of the kami in Autumn)

Aki

Matsuri

- Autumn Festival

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This is when parents give thanks and appreciation for the life of their childrenPray for their futuresVisit the local Shrine

Shichigosan

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Annual festivalCelebrated on day relevant to Shrine in which it takes placeWhite is usually worn by adherents on this day

Rei

-Sai

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As a class place the following images in the most appropriate slide.

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1.Haru-Matsuri2. Sejin Shiki3. Shichigosan4. Oshogatsu5. Rei-Sai6. Aki Matsuri

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