Monday, July 15, 2013

Fact of the Day: Separation of Shinto and State

After World War II when the United States occupied Japan, the American government separated the official Shinto religion from the Japanese government. Not only did the separation apply only to the government, Emperor Showa was forced to deny the ancient claim that the Japanese Imperial Family were direct descendants of the sun goddess Amaterasu. 

17 comments:

Vett Vandiver said...

love these war facts, thanks!

Caramella said...

This is one historical fact that I know:)

Pilar Domínguez said...

I always have admired Japanese people to adapt themselves to circumstances. They are strong and intelligent . Kisses:)

Unknown said...

One I knew of

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Never knew that one

Natasha said...

I love these posts, it's always interesting to find out about these things. Sorry to hear you're only getting rain at the moment, hopefully the weather will cheer up soon! - Tasha xxx

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very interesting historical information. I never knew about this!

DEZMOND said...

I also admire Japanese people on their hardworking nature and their strength and generosity too

Pat Hatt said...

They sure have a higher work ethic than most

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And about time too. It's never a good thing when political rulers identify themselves as divine.

A Beer for the Shower said...

So when will North Korea finally do this, and accept that Kim Jong Un is not in charge of making the sun shine and the mountains "sing with joy"?

Adam said...

the western kings and queens were (almost always) Christian, so they couldn't claim any kind of divine heritage without angering the church. So they claimed that it was the divine right of kings to rule. That God wanted them to be the powerful monarchs of a country.

Even democratic leaders do it. In the last Republican presidential primaries, several candidates claimed that God told them to run for president.

The greatest way for a ruler to rule with no questions asked is to control the main religion.

Adam said...

probably never. North Korea may have taken a cue from the Soviet Union and established no religion, but Un's grandfather made himself a god. Kim Jong-il claimed he was born (in reality he was born in the soviet union) in a Japan-controlled Korea on a mountaintop or something with a rainbow and a new star in the sky.

Julie Ann Lozada said...

this is very useful fact... i learned a lot from you! :)

It’s a GIRL Thing

Dana said...

Thanks, Adam. Happy Monday!

Al Penwasser said...

Then MacArthur took him out and kicked the crap out of him at one-on-one.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Another interesting fact :)