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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short reveiw of 'shinto-simple guide', 11 Mar 2008
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This is a simple and easy to read introduction to Shinto. I found it to be very useful in my research on the subject. Although it's a 'simple' introductory guide, it packs in a lot of information on the subject in a small space. The book gives an historical basis, covers the meaning of the word 'shin-to', deities, paraphernalia, customs of Shinto and so on. I think its a brilliant little book and was far more useful than some other weighter tomes that I read. Straight forward, easy to read and very informative, if you've little or no knowledge of Shinto its a great place to begin learning! Very informative!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction to a Confusing 'Religion', 28 July 2009
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Mr. Ed "edsheadsaid" (Japan) - See all my reviews
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The 'Simple Guides' are generally pretty well written, and useful introductions to their topics, and this book on Shinto is no exception.

Shinto is not a particularly straight-forward 'religion', and I use inverted commas for 'religion', as the Japanese, by their own admission are not really a religious people, but superstitious.

This book has useful chapters on its setting in modern Japan, the Myths and Meanings of Shinto, its history and emergence, shrines, festivals and rituals, prayers, and a section on Shinto and the modern world.

There are also a number of maps, illustrations and photographs, which always help to bring an introductory book such as this to life.

Overall there isn't a better introductory book, and its the perfect pocket size - easy to read on the flight to Japan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction., 4 Nov 2009
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I would highly recommend this book if you wish to learn about Shinto and it's history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book with lots of useful information about Shinto. Arrived quick and was well packaged. Highly recommended, 11 April 2013
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This book is excelent for someone who is just wanting a little information or a lot on the religion of Shinto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shinto., 18 April 2014
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If you like Japanese culture then this book is really good. I learned a lot from reading it, and enjoyed it all.
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