priestism

priestism

a derogatory term for the practices and beliefs of priests or the priesthood.
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Priestism is defined as the reliance on a ritually-selected individual to communicate with kami to solve spiritual and physical illness.
Priestism designates the enduring influence of charismatic leadership in ancient Japan that has been reinforced by the military code of bushido and Confucian ethics during the almost seven centuries of feudal rule by Shogunate governments.
Archeological and historical evidence suggests that ancient Japanese religion was characterized by what scholars have called vitalism, priestism and particularism.