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1. Historically, what influences has Shintoism had on Japanese society and politics?

2. What elements of Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism are characteristic of the Eastern religious traditions?

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1. Historically, what influences has Shintoism had on Japanese society and politics?

Shinto is the ancient animist tradition that held together the various tribes of Japan. Shinto is the force which has most unified Japanese throughout history and may do so still today. In distant Japanese history, for example, it was the uji (or clan) which was the dominant social force. A person born in the islands would be fundamentally a member of the uji rather than anything else. With a low level of technology and cultural achievement, it would have been difficult to distinguish one uji from another and so it was necessary to reinforce any differences that might already exist or which might be manufactured. One difference was in the worship (or at least paying respect to) local spirits in the practice known as animism. In common with cultures across East and Southeast Asia, Japanese uji recognized spirits of rain, of streams and lakes, of mountains and ...

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In reference to Eastern religions, this solution explains the historical influences of Shintoism on Japanese society and politics, and the elements of Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism that are characteristic of the Eastern religious traditions.

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