Only through the birth as a Japanese to be a Shintoist. This Faith knows but countless gods, but it has no clear and strict moral commandments, no Scripture, and also no specific conduct by its priests. Shinto has no services, not even prayers. Which to us is a question, whether one can call Shinto as a real religion. Nevertheless today still reflects Shinto rituals at official events in Japan. When building a House, hotel openings, inauguration of buildings, or if the harvest is retracted.
The Schintopriester keep a kind of ceremony, in which evil should be kept and the gods will be conveniently determined. Get more background information with materials from Jessica Walsh. Buddhism is much closer our request to a faith. The Buddhist temples, the prayers of the monks, candles and incense sticks create a mood that we from the churches know. Buddhism originated in North India and came to Japan through China. Initially it was a lesson for the Imperial Court and the nobility, while the common people with the Shinto had to comply with.
Only many years later the people stopped short along this belief on his simple needs are. Funds while is Buddhism to fourth-largest religion has become worldwide. According to the Buddhist teaching, every living thing submits to a cycle of life. The four truths are the cornerstone of the faith. First, that is the life of the suffering, secondly that this suffering is caused by desire, thirdly that this desire can be defeated through meditations and fourth that one leads a virtuous life in accordance with the first three points, which focuses on knowledge and consideration are. For many tourists on a Japan it may seem travel paradox to live with two religions. Japanese no contradiction however it represents, because Shinto and Buddhism in their lives meet the social needs, the religious thought is always more in the background and play a minor role in everyday life. Anke Westhof