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Japanese Shinto

Shinto is Japanese religion from ancient times, centering on the ideas of Japanese intimacy with nature and ancestor worship. All things on earth were brought forth and rules over by the gods who reside throughout all nature. Mountain and trees often became object of worship, and Shrine archway and sacred Shinto rope mark sacred area. When shrine are built, objects of worship in which a god or gods reside are enshrine there. Shinto constitutes the foundation of sensibility of Japanese people, but most present day Japanese, rather than placing faith in Shinto, feel their cultural identity through it. Shinto supported the Emperor system in a religious sense, and even now its ancient customary practices remain as the religion of the Imperial Family.

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