State Shinto
   An analytical concept used since 1946 in Shinto studies in at least three different ways. (1) According to some Shinto theologians State Shinto (kokka shinto) was a relatively short-lived phenomenon which began in 1900 with the establishment of a Shrine Office (Jinja kyoku) within the Home Ministry and ended completely under the Occupation in 1945. (2) Other scholars mean by 'State Shinto' the 77 years of overt state sponsorship of Shinto from 1868 to 1945, during which period all Japanese religions were eventually brought under the control of the state and adherence to Shinto in the sense of obedient devotion to the Emperor was promoted as a 'non-religious' civic duty. (3) Even more broadly, the term State Shinto may be used to mean an ideology which promotes Shinto as integral to the state and natural to Japanese people of whatever religion, i.e. Shinto nationalism, a view which originated within the National Learning (kokugaku) movement, flourished from 1868—1945, persists today and is reflected in unofficial government sponsorship of Shinto and may be rekindled in the future.

A Popular Dictionary of Shinto. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • State Shinto — State Shinto, (formerly) a form of the Shinto religion stressing patriotism and divinity of the Japanese emperor. It was abolished after World War II …   Useful english dictionary

  • State Shinto — has been called the state religion of the Empire of Japan. The term was not used until after World War II and in a broad sense is used to classify those Shinto ideals, rituals and institutions created by the government to promote the divinity of… …   Wikipedia

  • State Shintō — Japanese  Kokka Shintō,         nationalistic official religion of Japan from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 through World War II. It focused on ceremonies of the imperial household and public Shintō shrines.       State Shintō was founded on the… …   Universalium

  • Shinto —    A Sino Japanese term meaning simply gods or spirits (shin/kami) or the way, conduct, power or deeds of the kami. In China the term shen tao written with the same characters as Shinto referred to spirits and spirit worship, especially non… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Shinto scholarship —    For early scholarship on Shinto see Kokugaku. The academic study of Shinto in the 20th century has been carried out mainly by Shinto theologians, often priests, affiliated to Shinto training institutions such as Kokugakuin or Kogakkan… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Shinto Gobusho —     The Five Shinto Scriptures . The name given in the late seventeenth century by Deguchi, Nobuyoshi to a collection of thirteenth century texts of Watarai (or Ise) shinto. Five scriptures purporting to be ancient secret works restricted to… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Shinto — Shintoist, n., adj. /shin toh/, n. 1. Also, Shintoism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship. adj. 2. Also, Shintoistic. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Shinto. [ < Japn shinto, earlier shintau <… …   Universalium

  • Shinto — For other uses, see Shinto (disambiguation). Takachiho gawara. Here is a Sacred ground …   Wikipedia

  • Shinto in Taiwan — has its origins in the beginning of the 50 year Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan in 1895 when the Empire of Japan brought their state religion, Shinto, to the island. The Taiwanese were encouraged to adopt the religion in 1937 as the Empire of… …   Wikipedia

  • Shinto (disambiguation) — Shinto is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion.Shinto or Shintō may also refer to: *Shintō, Gunma, a village in Gunma Prefecture, Japan *Shinto (character) or Tien Shinhan, a character in Dragon Ball mediaee also*Shinto… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”