Many of Japan’s traditions and ideas are unfamiliar to those outside of Japan. Therefore, JAPAN Forward and Jinja Honcho have collaborated to bring readers an explanation of the key concepts of kami, matsuri, shrines, myths, and many other traditions and beliefs which form the core of Japanese culture.
The “Soul of Japan” series provides an introduction to Shinto and Ise Jingu, and in this case an introduction to the earliest texts of the stories of the origin of Japan.
Although Shinto lacks a doctrine, two early 8th century historical records, the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, name certain individual kami of great personality and relate the tales of their various doings and achievements. These records are regarded as an essential part of the Shinto faith.
Another important text compiled in the early 10th century, the Engishiki, is in part a collection of codes concerning the proper form of Shinto rituals. Kami named in these codes are enshrined in jinja throughout Japan today.
The following is a brief introduction to the kami at the center of the stories introduced in the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki.
A parent kami to three of the most revered kami.
The other parent kami to three of the most revered kami.
Revered descendant of Izanagi-no-kami and Izanami-no-kami, and the kami who dedicated the special sword to Amaterasu Omikami.
Revered descendant of Izanagi-no-kami and Izanami-no-kami, and the kami who provides brilliance and light to the celestial and terrestrial worlds.
Revered descendant of Izanagi-no-kami and Izanami-no-kami, and the kami of the moon and the night.
Kami who is the son of Amaterasu-Omikami.
Kami who is the grandson of Amaterasu Omikami.
OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUL OF JAPAN SERIES:
- [Soul of Japan] What is Shinto?
- [Soul of Japan] Kami, the Divine Powers of Nature
- [Soul of Japan] Matsuri, The Sacred Rituals of Prayers and Festivities
- [Soul of Japan] Jinja: Places of Worship Infused withNature’s Energy
- [Soul of Japan] Amano-Iwato, the Celestial Cave
- [Soul of Japan] Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the Kami Who Established A Nation
- [Soul of Japan] Ise Jingu: a Place to Pray for the Imperial Family and the Nation
- [Soul of Japan] The Enshrinement of Amaterasu-Omikami at Jingu
- [Soul of Japan] Imperial Rituals of Matsuri at Jingu
- [Soul of Japan] Shikinen Sengu, the Ritual of Rebuilding and Renewal
- [Soul of Japan] Visiting a Jinja
Source: Jinja Honcho
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