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date: 15 January 2021

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This chapter reviews the origin and development of the word Shintō as well as the basic beliefs, practices, and objects of worship associated with the religion. It then describes the emergence and development of plastic representations of objects of worship (sculpture) and permanent structures for worship (architecture). Shintō’s development in conjunction with mainland developments is stressed as well as the homogenizing influences of government control and modern training institutions.

Keywords: architecture, art, Japan, purification, rites and rituals, sculpture, Shintō, shrine, syncretism

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