Shinto Sects

Doctrines The thirteen sects which constitute Sect Shinto are broadly characterised by the veneration of the founder, worship of the kami of traditional Shinto, and an emphasis on piety and purity. For details of particular sects see Tenrikyo, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo and Shinto Taikyo.

History As 'state Shinto' began to develop its identity as a 'non-religious' official state teaching in the late 1870's, existing religious movements which had a distinctive body of doctrine or practice, which were not Buddhist, and which appeared to support the broad aims of state Shinto teachings were recognised as 'Shinto sects' and allowed to proselytise and practice on this basis. Some of these movements had originated before the Meiji period as independent and syncretistic new religious movements unconnected with particular shrines. Others were former shrine-supporters' associations led by national evangelists which split from their shrines as a result of the government's interdiction on the teaching of doctrine by shrine priests.
The thirteen recognised Shinto sects were; Tenrikyo, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo, Fuso-kyo (which inlcuded Omoto-kyo), Izumo-oyashiro-kyo, Jikko-kyo, Misogi-kyo, Shinshu-kyo, Shinto-shuseiha, Shinri-kyo, Shinto Taisei-kyo, Ontake-kyo and Shinto Taikyo. Most of the movements classified as Shinto sects acquired this status in the 1880's; some redefined themselves as independent religious movements and distanced themselves from Shinto after religious freedom was introduced in 1945.

Symbols See separate entries for Tenrikyo, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo, Shinto Taikyo.

Adherents See separate entries for Tenrikyo, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo, Shinto Taikyo.

Main Centre
 See separate entries for Tenrikyo, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo, Shinto Taikyo