神 シン SIN
Moon god in Mesopotamia
(Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia)
Ishtar, goddess of Venus
Symbol: Bull, Crescent Moon
With them formed an astral triad of deities.
SHINTO : ORIGIN CIRCA 500 BC
Ancient Japanese civilization and their earliest semblances of religion are truly fascinating, bearing instantly visible links to the prehistoric Annunaki of the Sumerian tablets.
The Japanese tradition talks about the age of Kami, which began with the emergence of the cosmos out of chaos, giving rise to the history of humankind. The story continues with Ninigi, the grandchild of the Sun Kami, who descended to the lower realms.
It was Ninigi's great-grandson who later became the first emperor of Japan.
The Sumerian tablets talk about a very similar set of events surrounding the creation of the heavens in the book of "Enuma Elish", Epic of Creation, the greatest celestial battle in the sky during which Earth was created.
After some time "the Igigi", who were referred to as the "children of the stars," descended from heaven to "marry the daughters of man" (genesis 6:1-8), and in so-doing sped up the growth of the human population.
Marduk was the son of Enki, who was the first settler on Earth, and destined to be the first commander of Earth.
A further interesting thing is that from about 660 BC to around AD 600, the authority lay with women rulers who acted as shamans or mediums.
Could that be because the lands that included Japan were bestowed upon Inanna?
Sumerian goddess of love and war, who was renowned for there enjoyment of wine, song, and poetry? She was a strong, determined goddess who ruled over the Indus Valley and spread her wings even further east as time went by.
Shinto shrines are frequented by miko, who are female shrine attendants, performing a ritual dance that symbolizes the worshippers of that specific shrine. Is it coincidence that the goddess Inanna was the proponent of dance and music and such activities were also encouraged at her temples in Mesopotamia thousand years earlier?
The behavior of Shinto people when entering a shrine is fascinating and raises many questions about the origins of such unusual rituals.
Once again the similarity between Sumerian temple offerings and Shinto are remarkable. They wanted a comfortable bed, a garden with trees for shade, a spring or rock pool with fresh water, a bath or cleansing area, and all had to be kept clean neat, and tidy.
The Shinto gods in their shrines have obviously demand a similar kind of service, which is evident in the customs surrounding the entering of, and worshipping in, the shrines. You must wash your hands and mouth at a natural spring in the shrine or a rock pool.
Shinto has four affirmations:
Tradition and family: The family is the main mechanism by which traditions are preserved.
Love of nature: Nature is sacred and natural objects are to be worshipped as sacred spirits.
Physical cleanliness: They must take baths, wash their hands, and rinse their mouth regularly.
Matsuri: A festival that honors the spirits.
Source: Dr. Michael Tellinger - a scientist, explorer and internationally acclaimed author of numerous books.