The practice of shrine worship has been present in Japan for centuries. The construction of shrines emanated from the belief that the kami, or spirits, needed a dwelling place. The many elements of the shrine have a connection to an aspect of the Shinto mythology. This investigation examines the major elements of a Shinto shrine and the mythological significance of each.
Djokoto, Grace B.
"Mythological Links to Shinto Architecture,"
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ojur/vol1/iss1/5