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Shinto reference works

Posted by Erik on December 12, 2007

I was asked what references I used in my Shinto posts; here are a few of the ones that I consider most essential. Some of these are noted in various footnotes in the Shinto series, but here they all are in one place.

You will forgive me if I don’t hyperlink the books, I hope – it’s late and I’m wiped.

Shinto: the kami way – Sokyo Ono

A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine – John K. Nelson

Shinto: the way home – Thomas Kasulis

Shinto Norito – Ann Llewellyn Evans

Shinto Meditations for Revering the Earth – Stuart D B Picken

Shinto: the way of the gods – W G Aston

The Meaning of Shinto – J W T Mason

(NOTE – these last two are from pre-WWII, and the attitude expressed is VERY outdated; but there is valuable information there nevertheless.)

Nihongi and Kojiki – the basic codifications of Imperial Shinto mythology and history,
dating from the middle ages

http://jinja.jp/english/s-0.html – Shinto Online Network Association

http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/index.htm – Shinto source documents

http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/ – Encyclopedia of Shinto.

http://www.nihonbunka.com/shinto/index.html – personal pages by Tim Takemoto, moderator of the ShintoML YahooGroup

http://www.tsubakishrine.com/home.html – Tsubaki Grand Shrine America – website of the only full Shinto shrine on the US mainland

http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shinto.shtml – good general site on Shinto. Great illustrations!

Very comprehensive Web resource lists from Miscellanea Nipponica (listed in a previous post, repeated here for completeness) :
Part 1
Part 2


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