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Practices, Ceremonies, Rituals and FestivalsSlide2
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’s main religious practiceOmairi means “participation”Done by visiting ShrinesWay of paying respect to kami
Rite of ritual purification (major theme in Shinto religion)Ceremony of offerings and prayers of many forms
Means water purificationPractice of purificationDone whilst reciting prayers (defined to this particular practice)Mostly performed in Shrines or natural settings
Ancient Shinto danceMeans “seat of the kami”Aim is to entertain the kamiInvolves a lion mask as image and presence of deity
What is a major theme in Shinto practices?
What is the meaning of
Which practice involves an Ancient Shinto dance being performed?
What are the aim of practices?
Where do they mostly take place?Slide9
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
Test Yourself AnswersSlide10
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
Cover a range of personal and social concernsBuilds closer connection with the kami
Kito (Prayer Ceremonies)Slide13
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
(Life Cycle Rites)Slide14Slide15
Most significant ceremony in Shinto religionInitiates individuals, welcoming them into adult Japanese societyRepresents an important milestone
Coming of Age CeremonySlide16
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 ActionSlide17
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?
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
Test Yourself AnswersSlide19
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
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
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 ShrineSlide23
Place the following images in order in which Shinto adherents enter shrines.
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
A large festival with large attendanceInvolves people thinking about the kami and making resolutions for New Year
Coming of Age celebration
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)
- Spring FestivalSlide30
A time to thank the kami for a good harvestBlue and red are typically worn (to represent the presence of the kami in Autumn)
- Autumn FestivalSlide31
This is when parents give thanks and appreciation for the life of their childrenPray for their futuresVisit the local Shrine
Annual festivalCelebrated on day relevant to Shrine in which it takes placeWhite is usually worn by adherents on this day
As a class place the following images in the most appropriate slide.
1.Haru-Matsuri2. Sejin Shiki3. Shichigosan4. Oshogatsu5. Rei-Sai6. Aki Matsuri