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A Book of Little Traditions
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minzoku shintô – 07 / 17 / 2014
minzoku shintô みんぞくしんとう 民俗神道
min (people)
zoku (customs, manners)
shin | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
tô | dô | michi (way, path, teachings, the way of proper conduct)
shintô (kami way, indigenous-based spiritual practices engaged in by many Japanese)

❖ (folk shintô)
❖ shintô as practiced by the commons – the ordinary members of a culture
❖ These folk beliefs and practices are not organized into a coherent system, and vary from one location to another
❖ Practices may include divination, spirit possession, and shamanic healing
❖ Some of practices come from dôkyô, butsu, or jukyô, but most come from ancient local traditions
❖ Also called minkan shintô
minkan shintô みんかんしんとう 民間神道
min (people, subjects)
kan (interval, space)
minkan (private, civilian, popular, folk, unofficial)
shin | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
tô | dô | michi (way, path, teachings, the way of proper conduct)
shintô (kami way, indigenous-based spiritual practices engaged in by many Japanese)
minkandenshô (Folklore) – The traditions of a group
sekai-kan (Worldview) – Worldview of a group
kitôshi (Shaman) – Intermediaries between the group and the otherworld
minkanshinkô みんかんしんこう 民間信仰
min (people, nation, subjects)
kan (interval, space)
minkan (private, civilian, popular, folk, unofficial)
shin (faith, truth, fidelity, trust)
kô (depend, seek, respect, revere)
shinkô (religious faith, belief, creed)

❖ (folk relgion)
Folk Religion – The totality of all those views and practices of religion that exist among the commons apart from and alongside the strictly theological and liturgical forms of the official religion. Any religion, as practiced by the common people, as opposed to the religion as promulgated by its priests, theologians, and academians.

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