Shinbutsu Shugo

Buddhism & Shinto’s Syncretic Legacy

Donny Kimball
6 min readAug 31, 2018

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Shinto fox statues that are dressed in Buddhist robes as representation of the syncretic Shinbutsu Shugo system

While the story of how Buddhism and Shintoism became intertwined is beyond the scope of this article (I’ll send you to Wikipedia for that) just know that the two religions co-existed until they were forcibly separated by the Meiji…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/