Shintoism Shintoism is a Japanese cult and a religion. Also, Shintoism dates back to prehistoric times. It is a significant part of Japanese history. As a matter of fact, it is still one of the main religions of Japan, the other is Buddhism. In Japanese, Shinto means “the way of the gods.” The symbol of the religion is a torii (bird abode). They can be found at an entrance of a Shinto shrine or within it. Therefore, the torii marks (symbolically) the transition from the profane to sacred. The roots of the religion go so deep that there is no known founder. While other religions have scriptures, like the Bible, Shintoism does not have any. Furthermore, Shintoism is rooted in both Japanese people and their traditions. To conclude, Shintoism is an old Japanese religion that is still thriving today. First of all, Shintoism has many gods, called kami. Actually, the word “kami” is used for many different things. It is an all-embracing term signifying everything involved in the religion. It signifies gods, spirits, deified mortals, supernatural powers, natural phenomena, and ancestors. They are a part of the people’s everyday lives. Therefore, they are worshipped, solicited for aid, given offerings, and some people practiced divination. Kami are hallowed spirits that take the forms of important things and concepts in life. Some are things in nature, like wind, rain, mountains, and even fertility. Subsequenting death, humans become kami and are honored by their families as ancestral kami. They even enshrine the kami of very remarkable people. The most significant kami in Shintoism is Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. Unlike monotheistic religions, Shinto does not have a definitive right and wrong, nobody is perfect. It is exceptionally optimistic. Humans are essentially good and evil is believed to be caused by evil spirits. In Shinto rituals, they try to ward off evil spirits with purification, prayers, and offers to the kami. Summing up, people following the religion of Shintoism believe in kami, there are many kami, some are enshrined, and even deceased relatives turn into kami once they pass on.