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Religion and Theology
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Title: THE FAR EAST RELIGION Name: Professor: Institution: Course: Date: 1. What are the main features of Daoism? Daoism which is also referred to as Taoism derives its name from the word ‘Tao’ which means ‘the Way’. The elements held dear in Taoism are inwardness, non-action and naturalness.
Commitment and devotion are therefore fundamental to the practice of Taoism. The other feature is that it is believed that there is an interaction between the devotee and sacred powers that is two-way in nature. There are various ceremonies carried out in order to renew and also strengthen the bond that is between the gods and humanity. This is in order to bring harmony to every realm of existence through a cooperative effort. The final feature is that devotion is shown when ceremonies of sacred festivals are carried out; they are characterized by reading of sacred scriptures, chanting of rites, offerings and rituals (Kohn, 2001). 2. What are the main features of Shintoism? Shintoism is a Japanese religion based on reverence for the spirits of the unseen world and nature. Unlike many other religions, it does not have a known founder nor does it have a clear ethical code, concept of sin or a sacred scripture. It seems to have come from farming communities. Purification rituals are an important feature of Shintoism. Shintoism has no concept of sin but rather instructs that evil actions contaminate people by making them accrue impurities which offend the kami and poison innocence. Shintoism therefore dictates ritual washings in natural phenomena like the ocean or waterfall to free oneself of the impurities. ...
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