Agent Tomato (agent_tomato) wrote in little_details,
Agent Tomato

Some questions about Shinto

Searched: assorted combinations of keywords, also read and Wikipedia articles on Shinto and several of my mom's old books on world religion.
Setting: Modern day, assorted locations in Japan, America (mostly New England), England (mostly London), and France (mostly Paris)

My main character is a young woman (twentysomething) raised in Japan by a Japanese father and a half-Japanese-, half-Canadian-American mother (who moved to Japan when she met the father).  She practices mostly Shinto, with some bit of Christianity mixed in.  She belongs to a multi-faith organization of exorcists and demon-hunters.  My questions:
1. Is Shinto purification performed only by priests, or can lay people do it if needed?  If they can't, what kind of precautions or protections could they use while waiting for a qualified person to arrive?
2. My character moves around a lot and doesn't have a permanent residence.  Would she have some sort of shrine that she could take with her?  If so, what would that entail?  If not, what sort of other practices might she do?

Thanks in advance!
Tags: japan (misc), ~religion: shinto

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