• Yasuhiro Kotera

Sacred Forests: The Ecological Power of Reverence


A famous Shinto torii, or shrine entrance ©Gio Almonte/Unsplash
A famous Shinto torii, or shrine entrance. ©Gio Almonte/Unsplash

Shinto, an ancient, indigenous Japanese religion with an inherent reverence for nature, is attracting new interest among scholars and environmentalists. As the world grasps for values and practices that can lead to sustainability and forest renewal, the cultivation of Chinju no mori, or the sacred forests that surround Shinto shrines, is particularly appealing.

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