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Aizujinjashi

Report on the Shrines of Aizu. One fascicle (kan). A shrine report compiled by Hattori Ankyū (1619-81) an official of the Aizu domain, at the command of the daimyo (feudal lord) Hoshina Masayuki (1611-73). Completed in the tenth lunar month of 1672, it is a compilation of two hundred sixty-eig...

Amatsunoritohutonoritokō

  On the Heavenly Norito Prayers and the Divination Norito Prayers. Written by Ōkuni Takamasa. 5 fascicles. Transmitted in manuscript form, it was not published until 1900. Since the text contains a reference to "my late friend, Oka Kumaomi," the work must have been completed sometime after Ku...

Amenomihashira

  The True Pillar of Heaven.The representative work of Tsurumine Shigenobu, a Shintō intellectual who espoused the notion of "investigating principles" (J.=kyūri, Ch.=jiuli; ). Completed in 1818; published in 1821. From the position of investigating principles, this work "examines fully...

Banshinkō

  This one-volume text was written by Ban Nobutomo(1) at an unknown date. Banshin literally means "foreign deities", but more specifically refers to the ancestors of immigrant families and the deities they introduced from their home countries. The text is an historical inquiry concerning the four kam...

Chiyo no sumika

  A corpus of Oka Kumaomi's theory of the soul. Two volumes. The author wrote the preface was written in 1818, and the editing was finished in 1822. This work develops the theory of the immortality of the soul. After one's death, the source soul (mototsumitama) will go to Tsukuyominokuni, and the sak...

Chūchōjijitsu

  A work in two volumes by Yamaga Sokō. This work expounds on the truth of the imperial lineage and explains the origins of its proper dignity. This work was written during the time Sokō was under house arrest at the residence of the Asano family of Akaho because he had committed an ideolog...

Daijingū hongikiseishō

This is the magnum opus of Mikannagi Kiyonao, which took thirty-eight years to compile, and was only completed in 1864 after having passed through five revisions. This work is an attempt to reconstruct an ancient record of Ise Shrine, Daijingū hongi, by removing the interpolations from Yamato ...

Daijingū shintōwakumon

  This is a work in two volumes, written by Deguchi Nobuyoshi in 1666. The work expounds on both shrines of Ise Shrine, as well as the union of Shintō, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and explains the true essence of Shintō in an easy to understand question and answer format. He defines Shint&#...

Daijingūsankeiki

  This is also known as Tsūkai sankeiki. It consists of two parts and is a record of Buddhist priests worshipping at the Ise Shrine during the Kamakura period. It was completed around 1286 by the priest Tsūkai (1234-1305) of the Daigoji Temple. Tsūkai is the son of Ōnakatomi Takam...

Daijingūshozōjiki

This is a record written in a chronological format, recording the various important events at the Ise Shrine, starting with the enshrinement of the imperial deity in the twenty-fifth year of Emperor Suinin down to 1069. The work consists of two volumes, and was compiled around the latter end of the...

Daijōebenmō

  This work was written by Kada no Arimaro and was published in 1739 in two volumes and two sections. When Emperor Sakuramachi ascended the throne in 1738 the ceremony of first fruits (daijōsai) was revived, and because of this the shogunal government dispatched Arimaro to collect information re...

Endōtsugan

  Penetrating Mirror into the Way of Sensuality. A Shintō text aimed at the common reader that explains in easily understood terms and using examples taken from classical texts the notion that romantic love and longing (koi) forms an axis running through the whole of the Japanese national entity...

Engishiki norito kōgi

  Lectures on the Norito in the Engishiki. Written by Suzuki Shigetane. Fifteen fascicles. Also referred to simply as Norito kōgi (Lectures on the Norito). A commentary on the twenty-seven norito found in Book Eight of the Engishiki (Procedures of the Engi Era). This work was begun in the tenth ...

Enryakugishikichō

Ledgers of the Enryaku-Era Ceremonies. A combination of the Kōtai jingū gishiki chō (One fascicle), and the Toyuke-gū gishiki chō (One fascicle). This work records the scale, annual observances, and irregular observances such as the shrine transfers known as "sengū" fo...

Gengenshū

The Beginning-beginning Collection. A Shintō text that employs such sources as Ruijū jingi hongen (Classified Kami Fundamentals) and Koren shū (The Sacred Vessel Collection) to expound on the Ise Shintō notion of "Begin at the beginning and make the base the basis." Written by K...

Gobushosetsuden

  Discourse on the Five Texts. Twelve fascicles. Written by Yoshimi Yoshikazu . This work argues from a perspective of evidential scholarship that the Shintō gobusho (Five Texts of Shintō), which serve as fundamental scriptures for Ise Shintō, are in fact forgeries. The manuscript was ...

Gyokusenshū

  Collection of the Jewelled Bamboo Slips. Eight fascicles. A record of secret transmissions of Suika Shintō teachings by Tamaki Masahide, a Suika Shintō scholar who was also deeply versed in Kikke Shintō. The work is believed to have been completed between 1725 and around 1735. As man...

Hachiman gudōkun

This two-volume work (also called the Hachiman gudōkun) concerns the miracles of the kami Hachiman, and is written in a style that even children can understand. Some scholars believe that the two volumes – kōhon (book A) and otsubon (book B) – were originally written as a sing...

Hachiman'usagū gotakusenshū

  This sixteen-volume work is a compendium of the history, legends, records, and correspondence of Usa Hachimangū since its establishment. Jinun, the chief scholar of Mirakuji, spent twenty-three years compiling these texts in an attempt to recover the documents lost during the turmoil of the Ge...

Hakkeburui

This single-volume work is a compilation of the family records of the Shirakawa Hakuō family. By the order of Masatomi Ō, this work was compiled by Taniguchi Sukeyuki (dates unknown), a disciple of the Shirakawa Hakuō priestly lineage, and completed in 1754. The Hakkeburui is compris...



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