Deconstructing Shinto

Johnson, Stephen M.


  • While the majority of people understand Shinto to be Japan's "indigenous, polytheistic, ancient, religion" in this paper I set out to systematically demonstrate why each of these labels is problematic and misleading. The greater part of my research involved the construction of a genealogy of the terms "religion" and "Shinto" in Japan to demonstrate that this interpretation is a constructed myth of... read more
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