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    Re: Religion in Japan?

    What about shrines and temple of whitch relegion are they part of?
    And is it treu that people live in shrines or next to them and the shrines are part of there property?
    Also at shrines you often see a red gate like object is this to welcome visters or to worn of evil sirits, and what about the trees whit rope around them is there somthing speciale about them?
    I want to learn more about shrines i think there intresting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi2005 View Post
    What about shrines and temple of whitch relegion are they part of?
    And is it treu that people live in shrines or next to them and the shrines are part of there property?
    Also at shrines you often see a red gate like object is this to welcome visters or to worn of evil sirits, and what about the trees whit rope around them is there somthing speciale about them?
    I want to learn more about shrines i think there intresting.
    1) Yes people do have shrines at home.
    2) The red gate (torii) marks the entrance to holy ground in Shintō, where you leave our world and enter the world of the spirits and visa versa. Therefore, red gates show the presence of a Shintō shrine.
    3) The rope (shimenawa) has multiple meanings: it can be used to mark the distinction between hallowed ground and the normal world like the torii or they can be used to ward off evil spirits.
    On trees they mark the tree as a place where kodama live.

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    Re: Religion in Japan?

    Japan's religion, as mentioned in other posts, is influenced greatly by other religions. The two major ones are Buddism and Shintoism. I know at Buddist temple Japanese honor their ancestors of the past. At Shinto shrines, Japanese put in their prayers and ring a bell. It's the kind of shrine that Japanese usually visit at the beginning of every new year to put in their first prayer of the year (Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki did this together in Furuba). So it's hard to say that Japanese has one main religion.

    As for Christianity, there is a very small percent of Japanese who are Christian as far as I know. But there are some Christian traditions that have influenced Japan such as weddings being in white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Priestess Angel View Post
    At Shinto shrines, Japanese put in their prayers and ring a bell. It's the kind of shrine that Japanese usually visit at the beginning of every new year to put in their first prayer of the year (Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki did this together in Furuba).
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    1) Yes people do have shrines at home.
    2) The red gate (torii) marks the entrance to holy ground in Shintō, where you leave our world and enter the world of the spirits and visa versa. Therefore, red gates show the presence of a Shintō shrine.
    3) The rope (shimenawa) has multiple meanings: it can be used to mark the distinction between hallowed ground and the normal world like the torii or they can be used to ward off evil spirits.
    On trees they mark the tree as a place where kodama live.
    1)When you go praying at one of this shrines, what do you have to do tradision wise (like the ringing of the bell)?

    2)People how own a shrine do they make a living of this shrines or do they also have a difrent job, and dose evrybody in there family helps out whit the shrine?

    3) Is a kodama a tree spirit or is it somthing els?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi2005 View Post
    1)When you go praying at one of this shrines, what do you have to do tradition wise (like the ringing of the bell)?

    2)People how own a shrine do they make a living of this shrines or do they also have a different job, and dose everybody in there family helps out whit the shrine?

    3) Is a kodama a tree spirit or is it something else?
    1) At Shintō shrines people pull a rope to ring a bell, throw money in an offering box, clap their hands together thrice and then they pray.

    2) Personal shrines are for personal use only. They are usually shrines for your ancestors.

    3) Kodama are spirits who live in trees, so actually yes, they are tree spirits.

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    Re: Religion in Japan?

    Christianity??! I'm not sure about that. But I'm sure with Shintoism/Shinto, and Buddhism. But Shintoism is I think the first religion in Japan. Come from the name Shinto, the one who found Japan was it? Something like that.
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