Everything you ever wanted to know about Shinto but were afraid the guys in black vans would punish you for asking

Kokugakuin University has your back. The Encyclopedia of Shinto is a remarkable resource, especially for one that's given away free, and there are some fascinating papers elsewhere in there.

But there is also much evidence that sun deities other than Amaterasu were worshiped. In the section of the Engishiki known as the "directory of names of kami" (Jinmyôchô), shrines with names like "Amateru-mitama Jinja" and dedicated to a variety of sun-deity were found throughout the capital region. Some commentators also hold the view that at the stage before Amaterasu became the imperial ancestral deity, the male solar deity Takamimusubi had that role, but that for a variety of reasons, he passed that status to the goddess Amaterasu.

Now that I did not know. But Joseph Campbell would be relieved to hear it.

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This is very nice. Pity it's not all online yet, but there's already a lot there to read.

They really need to stop every instance of the prevocalic indefinite article from linking to «An: A table-like platform used during ceremonies for holding heihaku, shinsen, tamagushi, and other ritual implements», though.


I guess we should feel grateful that our prevocalic indefinite article isn't "heihaku" or "tamagushi". Then we'd really be in trouble.

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