The Spider Clan

Spiders in myth Anyone familiar with Noh and Kabuki will know of the Tsuchigumo, or ground spider.  These plays are sometimes put on at shrines for the entertainment of the kami.  The creature plays a part too in Shinto myth … Continue reading

Zen and Shinto 8: Animism and ancestry

Green Shinto has written before of how Shinto stands on the twin pillars of animism and ancestor worship, and how these two different strands are interlocked.  (See here for instance.)  Zen too cultivates both aspects, though they are not so … Continue reading

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