National Paranormal Society NPS FOCUS June 2016 - Page 34

There isn’t Satan in Taoist beliefs, but the left hand path philosophy has been adobted by theisthic and modern Satanists today. Evil is seen as a part of man and that may be part of the challenge in the journey that is so important to Taoist belief system.

Shinto (way of the Kami, way of the gods) is the formal state religion in Japan, Earliest date is 500 BCE. There is no known founder and no known sacred doctrines. Shintoism developed uniquely in Japanese attitudes and sensitivities, creating a distinct consciousness.

Shinto gods are known as Kami. Kami not only exist as spiritual beings, but also nature. Examples are rain, mountains, trees, river, fertility and wind. Humans can become Kami after death and are revered by the family as an ancestral Kami. Extraordinary people are enshrined at some locations. The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is Shinto's most important Kami. Shinto is an optimistic faith.

are mainly located in the Punjab region of India, although they are making a steady migration to the United States for work-related purposes. Sikhism is another of the world’s religions that does not have a concept of the devil, or Satan. Sikhs believe that devils/demons are entities, or spirits that are entirely ego-driven. You are the main cause of evil. It is your indulgence of ego or homai, not an external force.

There are 5 basic components of the Ego. They are similar to the 7 Deadly Sins that have been popularized by the Christian faith.

1. Anger or Krodh

2. Attachment or Moh

3. Greed or Lobh

4. Lust or Kaam

5. Pride or Ahnkar

These create a state of vijog or duality that is believed to be the cause of suffering. The barrage of these “voices” drive the spirit to Homai, the disease of egoism. This results in being separated from the Divine.

"The compassionate perfect Guru (Truly Enlightened) has eradicated my doubts and fears. The horrific demons, unsatisfied sexual desire and unresolved anger have been

There is no right or wrong. Humans themselves know what is fundamentally good, and evil is a notion of pollution or impurity. The purpose of most Shinto's rituals is to keep away evil spirits by purification, prayers, and offerings to the Kami. Suffering is not regarded as a form of punishment for human behavior but as a natural element of human experiences. The ten known evil Kami are Kiyohime, Yuki-Onna (snow woman), Shuten Doji, Yamauba (Mountain Ogers), Uji no hashihimev (Woman at Uji Bridge), Tengu, Oiwa, Demon at Agi Bridge, Kuchisake-onna (Slit-mouthed woman), and Aka Manto (Red Cloak). Shinto shrines are places of worship and homes of the Kami. Most celebrate festivals (matsuri) regularly in order to show the Kami the outside world. Shrines are also placed in homes for offerings and prayers for the Kami.

7. Shintoism

8. Sikhism

Sikhism is one the few religions that ties nature and science together. Adherence