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in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History

Second edition

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781933782652
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622718

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The practices of Shinto in Japan developed over centuries, perhaps beginning as early as the fourth century bce, and became distinctive as influences from Buddhism and Chinese religions spread eastward. A characteristic feature of Shinto, which still pervades contemporary Japanese culture, is kami, beings that dwell in heaven or reside on Earth as sacred forces within nature.

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Subjects: History

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