Comparative Religion Through Art and Architecture
Spaces in Shinto - class web background resource
Japanese Historical Text Initiative at U. C. Berkeley contains background and video clips for teaching about Shinto. They include:
- Shinto Shrine Atlas shows the geographical location of all Imperial shrines (shikinaisha) listed in the Jinmyôchô of the Engishiki. There are 2,861 such shrines scattered all the way from the Tohoku region to Osumi, Satsuma in the south. The Kinki region has the largest concentration. Since the Jinmyôchô records only those shrines accredited by a province, it is assumed that the number of shrines in a province reveals something about a province's relationship with the central government.
- Shinto Purification Rituals (video and background) by James W. Boyd and R. J. Williams.
Central to the Shinto tradition is the concept of purity. Further, the primary means of purification is said to be ritual practice. These two features of Shinto--purity and its ritual production--invite the questions: can rituals purify, and if so, how? Our limited aim in this essay is to offer an interpretation of the Shinto ritual tradition that explains how and in what sense ritual practices can mirror, or provide images of, the Shinto ideal of purity. The answer lies, we believe, in the aesthetic dimension of Shinto rites and festivals. Our first task will be to sketch the Shinto tradition's world-view and clarify its concept of purity. Then a brief discussion of Shinto ritual will be illustrated by segments from a video documenting a daily purification ceremony at a Shinto shrine. Lastly, we will turn to an analysis of the role of artful performance in Shinto ceremonies.
OTHER LINKS FOR SACRED SPACES
site from Japan Information Network. http://www.jinjapan.org/museum/shrine/shrine.html
Shinto Online Network Association:
non-profit volunteer organization run by volunteer Shinto priests has a well-illustrated
set of pages on the Shinto shrine tradition. http://www.jinja.or.jp/english/s-0.html
A high school student's model
of the Ise Shrine. http://members.aol.com/YacetyYac/scrapbk/ise.html
from a Confucian temple in Taiwan.
Virtual tour of the classical Theater
of Dionysus at Athens.
Dr. J's Illustrated
Guide to the Classical World