SRG: Shinto with Jenny Raper: Tuesday 20 June 4.30 – 6.00 pm

Shinto: the way of the spirits (Kami.) Before the arrival of Buddhism in Japan (c. 538CE) they had no reason to define their spiritual beliefs and practices. “Kami can refer to spirits of nature – mountains, rivers, trees, rocks and ocean – all conceived to be alive and sacred. It may also refer to the deity dwelling in these natural objects or a supernatural power, a collective ancestor spirit….The kami spirit may be incarnate in certain individuals – brave, unusual, or gifted – and these individuals may be deified as living kami.” (Michiko Yusa)