NAKASHIMA: SHINTO CEREMONIES

MS 5330
MS Short Title NAKASHIMA: SHINTO CEREMONIES
Text NAKASHIMA: SHINTO CEREMONIES, WITH TEXT EXAMPLES
Description Blockprint in Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, 1869, 36 ff. (complete), 26x18 cm, 7 columns, (20x30 cm woodblock size), 20 Kanji (Chinese characters) with Katakana added, 6+8 columns of Shodo (calligraphic cursive script), woodblocks signed by calligrapher/carver, red stamp of the author in Kanji.
Binding Edo, Japan, 1869 blue board covers, stitched on 5 stations (Xian Zhuang).
Provenance 1. Kimio Koketsu, Ohya-Shobo Ltd, Tokyo.
Commentary Shinto, the native religion of Japan is a form of animism, involving the worship of Kami or sacred spirits representing the sun, wind, rivers, mountains, fertility, etc. Shinto means the path of spirits or Kami. It can also be regarded as a variety of Shamanism. Shinto has no binding set of dogma or authority, formal sacred scriptures or defined set of prayers. Instead, Shinto applies a set of rituals and methods meant to mediate the relations of living humans to Kami. 
There are no commandments outside of living a simple and harmonious life with nature and people, but it can be said to have four affirmations of the Shinto spirit related to tradition and the family, love of sacred nature, physical purification rituals, and festivals dedicated to the infinite number of Kami.
Place of origin Edo, Japan
Dates 1869

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