Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where is shinto?


This is the symbol of shinto. it is called tori . Tori mean the shrine of God.

Shinto, in Japanese means the way of the gods, Japanese cult and religion, was originating in prehistoric times, and dwell in an important national position for long periods in the history of Japan, even in recent times. During its early period, the body of religious belief and practice called Shinto was without a name and had no fixed dogma, moral precepts, or sacred writings. Worship centered on a vast pantheon of spirits, or kami, mainly divinities personifying aspects of the natural world, such as the sky, the earth, heavenly bodies, and storms. Rites included prayers of thanksgiving; offerings of valuables, such as weapons and armor and, especially, cloth; and purification from crime and ruining.

In the late 6th century ad the name Shinto was created for the native religion to differentiate it from Buddhism and Confucianism, which had been introduced from China. Shinto was rapidly overshadowed by Buddhism, and the native gods were generally regarded as manifestations of Buddha in a previous state of existence.
Buddhist priests became the guardians of Shinto shrines and introduced their own ornaments, images, and ritual. At the end of the 8th and the beginning of the 9th centuries, the celebrated Japanese teacher KÅ«kai, or (posthumously) Kobo Daishi, established a doctrine uniting Buddhism and Shinto under the name of Ryobu Shinto (Japanese, “the Shinto of two kinds”).

In the new religion, Buddhism dominated Shinto, and elements were adopted from Confucianism. The ancient practice of Shinto proper close to disappeared and was maintained only at a few great shrines and in the imperial palace, although the emperors themselves had become Buddhists. The typically Shinto priests became fortune-tellers and magicians.
Beginning in the 18th century, Shinto was recharged as an important national religion through the writings and teachings of a succession of notable scholars, including Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga, and Hirata Atsutane. Motivated by nationalistic sentiments that took the form of reverence for Japanese antiquity and hatred for ideas and practices of foreign origin, these men prepared the way for the disestablishment of Buddhism and the adoption of Shinto as the state religion. In 1867 the shogunate was defeated, and the emperor was restored to the head of the government. According to revived Shinto doctrine, the sovereignty of the emperor was exercised by divine right through his reputed descent from the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, who is considered the founder of the Japanese nation.

Related beliefs included the doctrines that the Japanese were superior to other peoples because of their descent from the gods, and that the emperor was destined to rule over the entire world. Until the defeat of Japan in World War II, these beliefs were of the extreme importance in assuring popular support for the military expansion of the Japanese Empire. open at 20 September

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Beatrix potter

Is your imagination deep? Do you belive that animals can talk? If not, you should buy Beatrix potter's book called the peter the rabbit. This book will make your imagination deeper. It is also interesting because it is cool that animals can talk too and behave like humans. Her drawing is very good and she do it by herself.

Friday, September 14, 2007

What is God?

God is the creator of all people, earth and even the whole space! He is more then perfect.He can heal any dangereus sickness. God is protecting us now. He is giving one and only son, Jesus. God is now in heaven , looking at us. I belive in him because he is the almighty God and I am thankful for creating the earth and all the people. We can talk to him by praying from your heart not only when sombody ask you too. This is my belief to God.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Picture of the shrine

My reflection abuot UOI

The human body is designed for movement in work and play and can be affected by a variety of things. The dissection of chicken wing was interesting because I haven't done that and it was fun to find the muscles.In ths activity I was caring because I help Ristia and I was a thinker because I though where were the tondon and ligaments.The bone experiment was quite
interesting because I can see the difference between the salt , vinegar and water.Inthis activity I thought I was an inquirer because I asked may question to my teacher and I was principled because my teacher told us not to touch and I didn't touch it.

The group presentation was interesting because I got information of muscles.I was a communicator because I spoke clearly so the students can understand me and I was a risk-taker baceuse I not shy to said my lines not like in grade one.

My belive when I was young

I used to belive that my pokemon to can talk to me,and its trying to talk to talk to me everyday and my dog has super powers so it can protect me from any danger.
That is my belive when I was young.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007