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Shinto is often regarded as a indigenous religion of Japan which worships nature. It is also referred to as kami no michi or way of gods. It is one of the major religions of Japan alongside Buddhism.

Shinto does not have a founder or sacred scriptures like Vedas or the bible. I find few aspects of Shito to be very similar to Hinduism such as absence of any absolutes. There is no absolute right or wrong, and there are no specific moral codes or rituals to be followed regularly except cleansing practices of various types including ritual washing or bathing to ensure purity.

Shinto believes in existence of multiple deities and it believes the nature- sun, river, wind and the likes to be gods or kami. It also believes that all objects also inhabit a spirit. Sun Goddess, Amaterasu is considered Shinto? most worshipped god.

These spirits or god are worshipped in kamidana(household shrines) and public shrines. Most shrines hold regularly hold matsuri or festivals. Shinto priests often live in the shrine premises. Shinto priests are allowed to be married and have children.

Origination of Shintoism:

Origins of Shinto religion can be traced back to yayoi period(300BCE-300CE). Izanagi and Izanami are held to be the creators of the Japan and the creators of many deities, which include the sun goddess Amaterasu, the moon deity Tsukuyomi and the wild storm god Susanoo.

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