God; unusual; mysterious; soul; spirit; divine essence; lively; spiritual being
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
|simp. and trad.
- natural law; heavenly law
- gods; spirits
- spirit way; spirit road; sacred way; spirit path
- Shinto (religion)
|Kanji in this term|
/sintau/ → /sintɔː/ → /sintoː/
Probably coined in Japan of components borrowed originally from Middle Chinese. Literally “the way of the gods”.
- Shintō, a religion indigenous to Japan that worships spirits.
- The gods.
- The way to one's grave, the path followed by a funeral procession to deposit remains in a grave.