Shinto vs. Taoism


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Place of origin Japan China
Concept of Deity Numerous deities. The sun is one of the most important ones(they believe that the sun is a goddess). Most believe in numerous deities.
Place of worship Shrines. Temple, shrine.
Life after death Yomi Taoists believe that the soul survives after death and has the ability to travel through space.
Practices Visit to shrines to pay homage to Shinto deities; Shamanism, etc. Visit to shrines, to pay homage to Taoist deities; Tai Chi, etc.
Goal of religion To serve the Shinto deities, or Kami, as they are known. To be one with nature.
Scriptures Kojiki, Nihon Shoki Tao Te Ching; I Ching
Time of origin Approx. 700 B.C. Approx. 550 B.C.E (before common Era)
Status of women Women may become priestesses. But are still seen as less than men generally equal, spoken of highly in the tao te ching (oldest taoist text) but varies among schools.
Belief of God Numerous deities. Most follow numerous deities.
Founder No founder. Lao Tzu
Concept of God Numerous deities. Numerous deities.
Holy days/Official Holidays The Japanese national holidays, as well as local shrine festivals (matsuri). Chinese New Year, 3 Day Festival of the Dead, Ancestor Day.
Belief Shinto is both a religion and way of life of Japan. Numerous kami (gods/goddesses/spirits). Taoism is both a religion and a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses humanity's relationship with nature.
View of the Buddha Buddha is followed by many Shintoists. Buddha is followed by many Taoists.
Original Language(s) Japanese Old Chinese
Original Languages Japanese. Mandarin or Cantonese.
Virtue(s) in which religion is based upon Cleanliness/ Purity, Respect. Contemplation

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March 16, 2014, 7:52pm

The goal of Shintoism, is not to serve the kami, but to respect them and learn from them. Who ever wrote this about Shinto is descriptive, but not correct. It is quite negative and offensive in many ways.

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