Like most world religions, Shinto does not support conflict. It is a religion that teaches respect and care for all. Ancestors are deeply revered and worshipped. All of humanity is regarded as "Kami's (God’s) child." Thus all human life and human nature is sacred. Believers revere "musuhi", the Kamis' creative and harmonizing powers. they aspire to have "makoto", sincerity or true heart. This is regarded as the way or will of Kami. Morality is based upon that which is of benefit to the group. "Shinto emphasizes right practice, sensibility, and attitude."
There are "Four Affirmations"in Shinto:
  1. Tradition and the family: The family is seen as the main mechanism by which traditions are preserved. Their main celebrations relate to birth and marriage.
  2. Love of nature: Nature is sacred; to be in contact with nature is to be close to the Gods. Natural objects are worshipped as sacred spirits.
  3. Physical cleanliness: Followers of Shinto take baths, wash their hands, and rinse out their mouth often.
  4. "Matsuri": The worship and honor given to the Kami and ancestral spirits.
The desire for peace.
Shinto became the national religion around 583AD helping to bring unity to Japan after years of clan warfare however, clans still followed ancient Shinto ideas and upheld their importance. At the same time Shinto was elevated and given strong national identity by connections with the imperial family. During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Shinto became increasingly involved in nationalist ideologies as a military government brought unity and peace. As the period progressed, Shinto was promoted by followers as historically and intrinsically Japanese. Its claim to the sanctity of national traditions and the legendary divinity of the imperial family helped to engender a dislike and distrust of foreign practices.

In 1868 the military government was overthrown and the feudal system consequently crumbled. A new parliamentary system was implemented in 1889, influenced by western democracy. A ‘non-religious’ Shinto was promoted, again stressing the divinity of the emperor and the uniqueness of Japan.
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