Religions of Japan

The history of the religion in japan it is a long process of mutual influence between various religious traditions. Unlike Europe, where Christianity absorbed the rest of the pagan traditions, the indigenous religion of the Shintoism it continues to be a part of Japanese life today.

When the Buddhism To Japan in the 6th century, Shinto and Buddhist beliefs began to interact. This is the characteristic of religion japanese. The greatest example of this mixture is the theory of honji suijaku, in which the kami Shinto (spirits) are seen as reincarnations of Buddhist deities who can be pious, evil or playful. He kitsune, for example, tends to tease or deceive the man.

Two other religions that appeared later were the confucianism and the taoism They play important roles in Japanese society. Confucian precepts had a great influence on ethical and political philosophy during the formation of the Japanese state. The Taoist tradition manifests itself in the use of the Chinese calendar and popular beliefs such as divination.

He Christianity it was introduced in southern Japan later with the arrival of the Portuguese. Although there was a moment of hostility towards Christianity during the governments of Toyotomi hideyoshi and of Tokugawa Ieyasu, in which there was an expulsion of Christians, this was later reintroduced in the 19th century. Today it is an active religion in Japan.