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What is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism?

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Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan, whereas Buddhism originated in India and only reached Japan in the eight century. Shinto is a religion with a polytheistic pantheon, whereas Buddhism does not have a main deity, and it mainly focuses on the words and philosophies of the Buddha.

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The sacred texts of the Shinto are The Kojiki and the Nihongi, whereas the Buddhist texts include the Mahayana, Pali Tipitika and Vajrayana Canons. Shinto does not have a specific founder, whereas a wealthy Indian prince founded Buddhism in the fifth century BCE. While Buddhism has several religious branches, Shinto does not have any religious sects.

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