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Chapter 1
Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Page 35 Ch 3 Shrine and Parade

Culture Notes:


The year it was introduced, Japan may have seemed unsure how Buddhism would integrate in Japan. Unlike Shinto, there are no gods in Buddhism. Buddhism emphasis ridding oneself of jealousy and hate through an infinite amount of love.

Sec 3.1 Purification Page 36


Shinto (神道) derives from Japan and the ritual practices are carried out diligently. Shinto shrines is where people go to worship.Shinto doesn’t have a written body of doctrine, but it is Japan's main religion and is practised widely through ceremonies and festivals. There is a strict procedure that every visitor must carry out before entering the shrine. Temizuya is the water purification pavilion that is placed at the entrance of the shrine. Chozubachi is a stone water basin. One must purify themselves before you entering the shrine. The proper way to do this is by pouring water into your hands from the Chozubachi to clean them, swirl the water in your mouth, and then spit it out, not in the fountain but onto the ground. The water is meant to purify your spirit for entering the shrine. However, You shouldn’t visit a shrine if you are sick because it is considered impure. Once you're at an offering area, throw a coin into the box, bow twice, clap twice, bow again and pray.