Neopaganism v. Shinto: Sacred Objects


A gohei “wand,” which sometimes serves as a shintai at Shinto shrines. “Shinto gohei” by nnh – photo by nnh. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

In this blog, I’ve written a lot about the similarities between Neopaganism and Shinto, because I think they really do have a lot more similarities than differences. But there are differences, which can be tricky to deal with if you are practising both religions together. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of these differences. [Read more]



Filed under Musings & Miscellaneous, Shinto / Japanese Religion

6 responses to “Neopaganism v. Shinto: Sacred Objects

  1. EmilyAnn Frances

    Your discussion here reminds me of the Moorti (god/goddess images) of Bhakti Yoga. I think in Bhakti the image and the deity are one. I’ve seen Moorti’s bathed in rosewater, dressed, bejeweled, then offered food during poojas. The love that flows outward from the practitioner is very tender and real.

    • Yes, I think it is quite similar! Shinto has quite a lot in common with other Asian religions, which makes me think it isn’t quite as “pure” Japanese as a lot of people might believe!

  2. EmilyAnn Frances

    Correct. There are some elements of Altaic Shamanism in Shinto. There was a very good book written on this topic but I can’t remember the title right now.

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  4. I wonder if the reluctance of Western Pagans to view objects as intrinsically sacred is to do the all the “idolatry is bad! We’re not idolaters!” messages we get.

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