At the Fountainhead of Japan
By Jean Herbert
Routledge – 2011 – 610 pages
Shinto, the national indigenous religion of Japan has supplied Japan with the basic structure of its mentality and behaviour. Although its classical texts have been translated into English this volume was the first major study of this important religion. The book is a complete picture of Shinto, its history and internal organization, its gods and mythology, its temples and priests, its moral and worship. The volume also describes the metaphysics, mystic and spiritual disciplines and overall is one of the most authentic and authoritative surveys of Shinto of the twentieth century.
Part 1: Religion 1.Generalities 2. History and Main Subdivisions of Shintô 3. Metaphysics, Ethics, Spiritual Exercises and Aesthetics 4. Temples 5. Priests 6. Symbolism and Individual Worship 7. Collective Worship and Festivals 8. Collective Worship and Festivals (Continued) Part 2: Mythology 9. An Introduction to the Mythology of Shintô 10. Genesis of the Universe – The Pre-Material Stages 11. The Birth of the Land 12. The Two Joint Rulers of the Universe 13. The Consolidating of the Land by the Earthly Kami 14. The Pacifying off the Land By the Heavenly Kami 15. The Descent of the Heavenly Grandson 16. Hiko-Ho-Ho-Demi and His Elder Brother 17. Emperors and Members of their Families 18. The Hachiman Cycle 19. Other Historical Kami 20. Local and Family Kami and Guild Kami 21. Beauties and Powers of Nature 22. Kami of the Road, The House and the Field and Kami of Food 23. Ebisu, Daikoku and the Gods of Luck 24. Sectarian Shintô Appendix. List of Sources. Map of Japan. Alphabetical Index and Glossary.