Thursday, March 29, 2012

Occult Japan or The way of the Gods : An esoteric study of japanese personality and possession By Percival Lowell

SHINTO, or the Way of the Gods, is the name of the oldest religious belief of the Japanese people. The belief itself indefinitely antedates its name, for it has come down to us from a time when sole possession of the field precluded denomination.

It knew no christening till Buddhism was adopted from China in the sixth century of our era, and was then first called Shinto, or the Way of the Gods, to distinguish it from Butsudd, or the Way of Buddha.

If it thus acquired a name, it largely lost local habitation. For Buddhism proceeded to appropriate its possessions, temporal and spiritual. It had been both church and state. Buddhism became the state, and assumed the greater part of the churches ; paying Shinto the compliment of incorporating, without acknowledgment, such as it fancied of the Shinto rites, and of kindly recognizing the more popular Shinto gods for lower avatars of its own.



Ontake I

Shinto i6

Miracles 36

Incarnations 97

Pilgrimages and the Pilgrim Clubs . . . 193

The Gohei 230

The Shrines of Ise 270

Noumena :

Self 278

Selfhood a Force 285

Possession 290

Will 298

Self as Ideas 304

Ideas a Mode of Motion .... 307

Ideas a Force 317

Individuality 320

The Japanese Character .... 323

Dreams 33^

Hypnotic Trances . . . . . 343

Possession Trances 355

The Shinto Gods • • • . . 368



A Possession by the Gods upon Ontake

A Buddhist Divine Possession . . . .162
The Leader of a Pilgrim Band blessing the

Holy Water 216

A Pilgrim Club ascending Ontaki . . .224 

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