Question 2: Shinto Tradition
Shinto tradition is very common in Japan. It is a form of traditional religion with rituals,
beliefs, and practices that are believed to be from the underworld. Researchers have also
developed interest in the concepts of the tradition. In this regard, this section describes some of
the specific central myths, rituals, symbols, and practices found within the Shinto tradition. It
also explains the understanding that such information could be used to draw on how the Shinto
understanding of cosmos, nature, and reality. The relationship between human beings, the divine,
and nature is also discussed. Additionally, how this knowledge could be applied in other
agencies or the government is discussed.
Shinto is centrally based on kami, the sacred spirits and gods in the Shinto tradition.
These gods take the form of various things like plants, animals, rivers, and lakes; thus, Shinto
can be considered a form of animism (Robert n.p.). It is believed that when people die, they
become kami and shrines are preserved for them as they are celebrated as ancestral kami. The
most famous kami in the Shinto tradition is the Goddess Amaterasu.
It is also notable that everything is almost grey in Shinto as there are no real absolutes in
the tradition. It is believed that there is no absolute wrong or right, and none is perfect (Robert
n.p.). Humans are viewed as fundamentally good, and evils are associated with devilish and
There are also several rituals that are conducted to keep away spirits considered evil. This
is done through offerings, purification, and prayers. Purification makes a crucial component of
the tradition (Poceski .n.p.). A Shinto priest is normally invited to bless new buildings
constructed in Japan; the same is done during car assembly and Japanese buildings that are built