Cleansing, Kami, Moon, Personal, Prayer, Shinto

Solitary Shinto

Hello everyone! I am back from hiatus and will be updating this blog twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays! To start, I am going to continue the '30 Days of Shinto' series, this week: Solitary Shinto. Many Shinto practitioners are from outside of Japan and may not have access to a local shrine or… Continue reading Solitary Shinto

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Matsuri, Shinto

Matsuri (祭り)

Matsuri (祭り) is the term used for Shinto festivals, events and rites. These can be widespread or local to just a single shrine or two. This article will cover the main matsuri found in shrine Shinto. Matsuri's essential meaning is 'welcoming the descending gods' or 'inviting down the gods'. This stems from the belief that… Continue reading Matsuri (祭り)

Prayer, Shinto

Kotodama (言霊)

Kotodama (言霊 - literally 'word spirit/soul') is a Japanese belief that a strong power exists in words and names. This means that reciting particular words or sounds in ritual can invoke kami, purify oneself and influence our mind, body and soul. Kotodama is a very important concept in Shinto and also in Japanese martial arts… Continue reading Kotodama (言霊)

Cleansing, Prayer, Shinto

Purity and Impurity in Shinto

The Concept of Purity in Shinto Purity is an important concept in Shinto. It is believed that humans are not inherently bad and are born pure. We pick up impurities throughout life in various ways. This pollution is caused by physical pollution, disease, negative energies, people, events and things associated with death.It can also be… Continue reading Purity and Impurity in Shinto

Mythology, Shinto

Shinto Cosmology

Today I will talk about the Japanese creation story. This myth can change depending on various sources and so can be moulded to fit various sects of the Shinto faith. Before you begin reading, I feel it is important to state that this is very heavily referenced from the internet. However, I felt this is an… Continue reading Shinto Cosmology