Religious Holidays Quiz

Handy Religion 2e
ISBN: 9781578593798

Do Shinto practitioners celebrate sacred birthdays or honor particular figures?

  • Many shrines hold festivities in connection with dates important in the lives of enshrined kami who were historical figures prior to their deification.
  • For example, the Akama Jingu enshrines the child Emperor Antoku and from April 23 to 25, celebrants recall his untimely death and the reign of his predecessor.
  • Birthdays are not as important on the whole as are death anniversaries and seasonal associations with the deified figures.
  • Over ten thousand branch shrines ritualize a deity who is mythically associated with oxen and cattle.

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