To point out, Buddhism is concerned with the soul and the afterlife. While Shintoism is the spirituality of this world and this life. This explains why the two religions go hand in hand with each other for many Japanese. The Japanese typically turn to Shintoism for the celebration of birth or marriage.
What is the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism?
Shinto is polytheistic and has no founder and no script. Shintos most important thing is purity. Shinto deities are enshrined in shrines. Buddhism was introduced through China and Korea to Japan in the 6th century, and it was founded by Buddha and has script.
Can you be Shinto and Buddhist?
In 1868, after the Meiji Restoration, Buddhism and Shintoism were separated, but many Japanese still adhered to both. Today, most Japanese people observe both Buddhism and Shinto, according to the occasion, without any conflict or contradition between the two.
Why does Shintoism coexist with other religions?
Since Shintoism is primarily a religion with strong theological components, but minimal physical rituals while Buddhism is primarily a religion with numerous physical rituals, but a weak theology, the two religions are more easily hybridized. A person could believe in the Shinto gods and meditate as a Buddhist.