Shinto & Japanese New Religions

Version: Unabridged
Author: Prof Walter Harrelson , Prof Byron Earhart
Narrator: Sir Ben Kingsley
Genres: World Religions
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

The traditional religion known as Shinto was present in Japan from prehistoric times, long before Buddhism and other traditions arrived from the Asian continent. Shrine Shinto, centered around local shrines and seasonal festivals, has greatly influenced Japanese culture. Sect Shinto is characterized by more highly organized institutions, which attract many members; folk Shinto consists of beliefs and practices apart from these institutions, especially in the home. This presentation discusses the dynamic new Japanese religions formed during the last century and a half.

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world's great religious traditions. It also describes a religion's way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.

Author Details

Author Details

Earhart, Prof Byron

Byron Earhart is a professor of religion at Western Michigan University. His writing focuses on Shugendo, folk religion, and new religions.