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What are the central ideas in Shinto about who or what God is?

What role does the Islands of Japan have in Shinto?

How did Shinto shape the Japanese concept of war in World War II?

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1. What are the central ideas in Shinto about who or what God is?

Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion starting about 500 BCE (or earlier). The central ideas were originally based on an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism. Its name was derived from the Chinese words "shin tao" ("The Way of the Gods") in the 8th Century CE. Unlike most other religions, Shinto has no real founder, no written scriptures, no body of religious law, and only a very loosely organized priesthood. They believed in the kami (translated as god or gods), the Shinto deities, which play an extremely important role in Shinto. Ancestors are ...

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By addressing the questions fully, this solution discusses the aspects of Shinto.