神道

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神道 (Shintō): the entryway to a Shintō shrine, with a torii gate, a common symbol of Shintōism.
Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
とう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

/sintau//sintɔː//sintoː/

Probably coined in Japan of components borrowed originally from Middle Chinese. Literally "the way of the gods".

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

神道 (hiragana しんとう, romaji Shintō, historical hiragana しんたう)

  1. (Shintō) A religion indigenous to Japan that worships spirits: Shintō.
  2. The gods.
  3. The way to one's grave, the path followed by a funeral procession to deposit remains in a grave.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  • 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan