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Shinto (神道 Shintō?), or Shintoism is the indigenous religion of Japan. In Toaru Majutsu no Index, Shinto is used as a base for certain forms of Magic.

PrinciplesEdit

Torii

The symbol of a shinto temple: the torii.

Essentially, it's a set of practices to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto today is a term that applies to public shrines suited to various purposes such as war memorials, harvest festivals, romance, and historical monuments, as well as various sectarian organizations. It's notable for being rather light on philosophizing and heavy on community spirit.

There are also splits over whether non-Japanese can practice Shinto/convert to it. This is heavily generalized and controversial since Shinto is not an evangelizing religion and is a practice faith. One faction insists they cannot (the nationalists, and traditionalists in general, say that you have to have Japanese blood to be "true" Shinto), another insists they can via marriage (e.g. some more open Shinto practitioners say that if a non-Japanese woman marries a Japanese man, or a non-Japanese man marries a Japanese woman-no one has spoken out regarding same-sex relationships yet-that the non-Japanese person is automatically "in" or alternately can choose to convert, similar to ethnic Judaism), and the most open faction welcomes and embraces non-Japanese and accepts the idea that while the belief system is non-evangelical and non-conversive, that someone may identify strongly with it or practice similarly to it.

BackgroundEdit

The traditions of Shinto have influenced some of the religions which have spread to Japan from other countries, such as the Japanese variety of Buddhism.[1]

ChronologyEdit

Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit

Several characters appearing in Toaru Majutsu no Index, including Kanzaki Kaori and the rest of the Amakusa-Style Remix of Church, make use of aspects of Shinto in their magic.[2][3]

Uses of Shinto in the storyEdit

  • Impurity: A taint created by a wrong deed or contact with certain things (including blood, the dead and dirt), which should be cleansed for peace of mind and good fortune.
    • The Shinto aspect of dirt being associated with impurity and the underworld, having affected the Japanese variant of Buddhism, has a partial influence on the High Priest's connection to dirt which was formed during his self-mummification.[1]
  • Shimenawa: Braided rice straw ropes used for ritual purification.
    • Yamisaka Ouma uses ropes based on the Shimenawa to create a magical boundary.[4]
  • Yomotsu-Shikome: A hag (or eight hags) sent by the dead Izanami after her husband Izanagi for breaking his promise in the land of the dead.

Users of Shinto-related MagicEdit

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