Definition of Shinto in English:

Shinto

noun

mass noun
  • A Japanese religion dating from the early 8th century and incorporating the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power (kami) in both animate and inanimate things. It was the state religion of Japan until 1945.

    See also Amaterasu
    • ‘A dominant element of Shinto is the role and appeasement of the spirits of the dead, of the ancestors.’
    • ‘There are countless other Buddhist and Shinto shrines and temples in Japan.’
    • ‘This is particularly true in Japan where religions such as Shinto and Buddhism believe that all things in nature have a spirit and soul.’
    • ‘The mythic basis of Shinto is the belief in kami.’
    • ‘Striking an accord between modern science and ancient Shinto beliefs is the great path that is our goal.’
    • ‘Many Shinto beliefs were incorporated into Japanese Buddhist practices after its introduction in the 6th century.’
    • ‘Now, if religions were cars, Shinto would be a wheelbarrow.’
    • ‘The Shinto shrine honors convicted Japanese war criminals along with the war dead.’
    • ‘It does not follow a particular religion, but it certainly embraces aspects of Shinto and Zen Buddhism.’
    • ‘It was replaced by the older form, shrine Shinto, the worship of kami in shrines or sanctuaries, tended by priests.’
    • ‘Mount Fuji is the most beloved symbol of Japan and sacred to both Buddhist and Shinto adherents.’
    • ‘Buddhism and Shinto are built into life here most noticeably at times of death/marriage and certain national holidays.’
    • ‘Soka Gakkai leaders had been oppressed during World War II, when Shinto was Japan's dominant religion.’
    • ‘It is in this sense that Shinto and Sikhism can be considered to be ethnic religions.’
    • ‘The native Shinto worship, too, is becoming increasingly popular.’
    • ‘His status as a living, walking deity was even a fundamental part of the state religion, Shinto, of which he was the head.’
    • ‘Similarly I didn't take offence when I lived in Japan and received cards which were Shinto or Buddhist in theme.’
    • ‘For example, the ancient department of Shinto rites was re-established, giving Shinto much of its structure and identity as a religion.’
    • ‘The kami can be likened to nature spirits, and Shinto shrines are usually found in areas of natural beauty.’
    • ‘Sumo is considered sacred to the Shinto religion and wrestlers are seen as the embodiment of strength, endurance and honesty.’

Origin

Japanese, from Chinese shéndào ‘way of the gods’.

Pronunciation

Shinto

/ˈʃɪntəʊ/