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Shintoism, or Shinto as it is popularly known, is Japan’s largest religion, or “a way of life,” practiced by nearly 80% of the population. It is a community-oriented religion, has no founder, and has no holy scriptures or texts. The core principle of Shintoism is the worship of nature, and followers of Shintoism believe in nonviolence and do not believe in killing other living beings for satisfaction of hunger. Shintoism has a history of peaceful relations with other religions of the world, which is evident from the fact that Shintoism and Buddhism have coexisted peacefully in Japan since the 6th century CE, except for a brief period of conflict in the latter part of 19th century. Ironically, in spite of the strong influence of ...

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