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Compatibility of minzoku NEO-shintô Sources 03 / 03 / 2013
On the issue of minzoku NEO-shintô, just how compatible are contempory Paganism, Heathenry, and shintô? What follows is a comparison of the values within the "Parametric Analysis* for identity as a contempory Pagan" with the values for identity as a contemporary Heathen and identity as a shintôist.
* Note: "The Parametric Analysis depends on the competence and judgment of the user; thus, it is important to remember a PA is normative rather than definitive: it looks for what a competent user of the concept at hand would normally say about an instance of the concept (what distinctions a user with good judgment would usually make about the distinctions being made)." ¹
Contact with Participating Spirits "Intellectual or spiritual power in hetero-human phenomena (including objects and places)."
State of Participating Spirits "State of Participating Spirits with regard to time and space." Possible values are Immanent, Dwelling, Transcendent.
Status of Participating Spirits "How Participating Spirits are to be treated." Possible values include Designated, Dynamic, and Pantheistic.
Register of Experience "The domain from which metaphorical explanation of life happenings is drawn."
Practices "The practices through which the group expresses it's identity."
Psychic Phenomena "The general acceptance of, and explanation for Psychic Phenomena. (ESP)"
After examining the values for each of the parameters, a case can be made from the viewpoint of the practitioners of these three groups that while distinct these groups are much more similar than dissimilar. In fact, none of the values of any group in any particular parameter are mutually exclusive with those of the other two groups.
Adapted from Stone (2007) and Stone (2008)
¹ Stone, C. J. (2007). Contemporary Paganism: A Parametric Analysis. Unpublished manuscript.
Stone, C. J. (2008). Religion: A Parametric Analysis. Unpublished manuscript.