Shinto Jinja Database (Ancient)
This Database is a result of Research on the Formation and Development of Shinto and Japanese Culture, the area of research for Group II.
We lies at the heart of the Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture program. Our research is based on and implemented via textual studies, which have been fostered since the foundation of Kokugakuin University many years ago.
Textual studies are the backbone of National Learning Research, one of the main themes of the overall program. By National Learning Research, we do not mean to imply a specific field of study, but instead a specific form of engagement and individuality employed in our research, which strives to produce highly objective and detailed evidential studies. Given that the term Kokugaku, or National Learning is a central part of our university's name, we feel a strong need to be involved in research on and dissemination of works regarding National Learning.
Our main topic of research concerns Shinto as a historical phenomenon. As Shinto has had a great influence had on the formation, development, and preservation of Japanese culture, we are focusing our attention on this relationship between Shinto and Japanese culture, attempting to clarify the relationship primarily through textual studies. In doing so, we aim to produce evidential and historical research on the nature of Shinto and it's social functions. This is the main research focus of us.
While Shinto has a fundamentally consistent pattern of belief at its core, it has also been influenced by the various events of each time period, thus developing in a historical fashion. In other words, although Shinto has been expressed through historically determined phenomena, it also exists as a fundamental part of the Japanese spirit. Hence, it is a vitally important task to elucidate how the world of Shinto has both changed throughout history and how it has managed to preserve its essence.
This Database is a part of results of the project "Through the Collection, Analysis, and Research of Fundamental Data Concerning Shrines and Shinto (Prepared by Professor OKADA Shôji and Professor SAKAMOTO Koremaru)" of 21st century COE program "Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture". The textual materials related to ancient Jinja (Shrines) and Jingi (Gods) are collected. It is hoped to be greatly appreciated when you refer to it could refer as a help for the researches.
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Under the following conditions:
21st Center of Excellence (COE) Program
Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture
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