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Shinto (Jp.)

Japan's native belief system, closely related to Daoism. Since ancient times Shinto has focused on the cycles of the earth and the annual agrarian calendar. This awareness is manifested in seasonal festivals and activities. Seasonal references are found everywhere in Japanese arts, often in combination with Buddhist thoughts of constant change.

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