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Helen Hardacre

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190621711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190621711.001.0001

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Shinto in the Ancient Period

Shinto in the Ancient Period

(p.17) 1 Shinto in the Ancient Period

Helen Hardacre

Oxford University Press

Discusses Shinto’s “prehistory,” the mixture of continental influences in its formation and early concepts of sovereignty. Through the court’s adoption of Buddhism, a corpus of Kami ritual understood as “indigenous” was embodied in its own code of law and a branch of government, the Ministry of Divinities (Jingikan), placed in charge of it, giving Kami ritual a “public” status. I argue that these linked institutional developments represent the beginning of Shinto.

Keywords:   Continental influence on Shinto, advent of Buddhism, ancient Kami ritual, Jingikan, Kami law, jingiryō

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