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Shintoism – the national religion of Japan

The national religion of Japan is Shintoism . The term “Shinto” means ” the path of the gods. Or the son of kami are gods, spirits which inhabit the surrounding human world. Any object can be the embodiment of kami. The origins of Shinto go back to ancient times and include all the inherent primitive peoples shaped beliefs: totemism, animism, magic, fetishism, etc.

The development of cinchonism

The first mythological monuments in Japan, Dating from the VII-VIII century ad – Kojiki, Fudoki, Nihongi – reflected the difficult way of formation of system of Shinto cults. Significant place in this system occupies the cult of the dead ancestors, chief among which was the first ancestor of the clan ujigami, symbolizing the unity and cohesion of the clan members. The objects of worship were the deities of the earth and fields, rain and wind, forests and mountains, etc.

In the early stages of the development of Shinto was not an organized system of beliefs. The development of Shinto was on the way of forming a complex unity of religious, mythological beliefs of the different tribes — both local and those who came from the mainland. The result is a clear religious system was not created. However, with the development Continue reading

The Most unusual burial rituals

When a close person dies, it always becomes a huge grief. Typically, relatives and friends for a long time are in a depressed and stressful situation. No cost and without specific funeral rituals, as well as the ensuing burial or cremation of the body of the deceased – at least so accepted among Europeans. But some cultures have very different funeral rites for us very strange. Sometimes it’s dancing with a dead man, or corpse cannibalism. But, everything in order.

No. 1. Strippers at funerals. We are talking about the funeral in a province of China – Donghai, where the value of the deceased is measured by how many come to spend his final journey. This understanding of the process entailed the custom to invite to the funeral strippers who will undoubtedly become the object of attention of onlookers. A lot of people joined the funeral procession only to gawk at half-naked girls – principal amount!

No. 2. Dance with the dead – a custom that exists in Madagascar. This, of course strippers are not near the grave, but a rather strange tradition. According to the legend the spirit of the deceased is returned to his body immediately after the decomposition of the corpse, Continue reading

The History of Korean martial arts

P o comparison with China or Japan in Korea to have survived much less reliable historical information. From classical treatises have survived, only one was created quite late, in 1789, “the MUI the you. konji” (“Drawing the Outlook of martial arts”). Multifaceted negatively influenced by tradition and political culture and ideology of the country. And the Japanese occupation of 1910-1945 years, during which the colonialists pursued a policy of forced assimilation and suppressed all manifestations of the true Korean culture, actually almost stopped a number of traditional Korean martial arts.

Greatly complicates the identification of the true picture and strenuously maintained on both sides of the 38th parallel, the company propaganda, in which many official historians of martial arts hard to prove that martial arts in Korea are not inferior in ancient times, Chinese unique tradition. However, not all of the facts on which they rely, can be considered as a definite confirmation of such a concept.

“Stand typical of Korean martial arts” if you wish, of course, can be found in threatening postures and gestures of the figures the guardian spirit, guarding the gate of Buddhist temples, such representations are found not only in Korea but also in other countries of the region. On ancient Continue reading

The History of Korean cuisine
History of Korean cuisine originated in the distant past. Documentary evidence of Korean culinary art found in ancient Chinese and Japanese sources. The Chinese mentioned Korean dish called magic, which,…

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Eastern New year in Korea
In Korea the New year has always been a very important holiday (Eastern New year, of course, according to the lunar calendar). It sought all day to spend at home,…

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10 most unique and beautiful places in Asia
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