Excerpt from Religious History of Japan: An Outline With Two Appendices on the Textual History of the Buddhist Scriptures
In considering the entire history, five periods may be distinguished: (i) The prehistoric religion of the Japanese was an unorganized worship of spirits, ... both of nature and of the dead. It was. Towards the dawn of history, developing a form of ancestor-worship, be ing closely connected with the clan system. (2) The introduction of Buddhism in the 6th centuty A. D. Gave a. New turn to the religious development. During the seven centuries following, various forms and teachings of Buddhism which were prevalent in China were suc cessively imported. But these importations prepared.
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