Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

15. Introducing the Faith of Shinshukyo

Exploring Shinto - Michael Pye

Yoshimura Masanori [+-]
Chief priest of Sakura Shrine and Kyōshu of Shinshūkyō
Yoshimura Masanori is Chief priest of Sakura Shrine and Kyōshu of Shinshūkyō


This paper introduces the faith of Shinshūkyō 神習教, a Shinto sect of which the writer, Yoshimura Masanori, is the current head. It was founded by the writer’s grandfather, Yoshimura Masamochi, who sought to promote a pure form of Shinto based on the most ancient records (Kojiki and Nihon shoki). At the same time Masamochi emphasized the importance of a personal relationship to the kami, even to the extent of kamigakari (spiritual possession), for which special training is now required. The development of the religion is traced from the 19th century onwards, and aspects of its current life are described. Followers are found all over Japan.

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Masanori, Yoshimura. 15. Introducing the Faith of Shinshukyo. Exploring Shinto. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 260-267 Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799604. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39496. Date accessed: 17 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39496. Jul 2020

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