Shinto Ethics Essay

Last month’s Patreon essay was about Shinto ethics, and it is now available for purchase on Gumroad, for people who did not get it through the Patreon.

Shinto does not put much emphasis on ethics, but that does not mean that the topic is entirely ignored. Obviously, individual Shinto priests have ethical standards, and priests do criticise certain activities on ethical grounds. However, there is very little in the way of “official” statements on ethics, which means that this essay is a distillation of things that have been printed in Jinja Shinpō, said in passing, or inferred from things that the Shinto establishment does. Even then, I am sure that not all priests would agree with everything in the essay, and that is also one of the distinctive features of Shinto ethics.

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