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THE GATES OF SHINTO

A documentary film by JEAN CLAUDE LUBTCHANSKY

Sunday 19 June 2022 at 7.00 pm

Donations on the door £10 (£5 students)

 

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Shinto, still largely unknown in the West, is based on the intimate relationship between Man and Nature. Kami, the invisible spirits (in trees, waterfalls and animals) represent the creative forces of the Universe and are at the heart of Shinto, a religion without a founder, doctrine, or sacred texts.The Gates of Shinto is the first film to show the different aspects of this tradition which is the source of Japanese culture and still very much alive today. It tells the myth of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, on a pilgrimage which pays homage to Nature and the ancestors through martial arts and ceremonies in shrines, including rarely accessible rituals such as the night ceremonies within Ise sanctuaries. Support from the Association of Shinto Shrines made this film possible and opened the doors to the most remarkable Shinto shrines in Japan.