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A Useful Introduction to a Confusing 'Religion',
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This review is from: Shinto - Simple Guide To... (Simple Guides) (Paperback)
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!