Shinto/Nationalism random thoughts
I just got this two volume set called the “Sources of Japanese Tradition” and in it it has a chapter on the new Shinto revival of the Edo period and it has excerpts from two Shinto theologians from what’s called the Kokugaku movement?
It’s kind of confusing but basically these theologians rejected Buddhist and Confucian influences in favor of getting back to original Japanese classics (Kojiki, Nihon-Shoki, ect.) and its p interesting the way they talk about morality and life after death
but at the same time one of the major tenants is that that Japanese heart is nationally pure and can only thrive if the “Impure” Chinese influences are removed.
I just wish Shinto had some older theology or religious writings that wasn’t tainted by xenophobic nonsense.
I wonder how the kami felt about being so entiwned with nationalism/xenophobia for so many years like there HAS to be some texts out there that favor a more ecumenical approach that’s truer to the spirit of shinto???
idk maybe I just haven’t researched enough
Maybe @sparrowdreams knows something aobut this? possibly?