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Shinchoku
The command or message of a kami; or, alternatively, the words of a kami. Although the term is sometimes used in the sense of an oracle from various shrine deities, it commonly refers to the Three Divine Commands which Ninigi, the "imperial grandchild," received from Amaterasu, as reported in the Nihongi section entitled "The Descent of the Heavenly Grandchild" (tenson kōrin). These three commands are 1) the command regarding "everlasting heaven and earth" (tenjō mukyū); 2) the command to "honor the precious mirror;" and 3) the command regarding "rice-ears from the heavenly garden." The three emphasize respecting and worshipping kami in exchange for their guarantee of an everlasting reign by the tennō, a peaceful realm, and a prosperous land. In addition, according to Nihongi the attendant kami Amenokoyane and Futodama received the command to "attend and protect the palace" from Amaterasu and Takamimusuhi, as well as orders concerning a "divine fence" (himorogi) and a "heavenly rock-boundary" (iwasaka). These were mandates to support and protect the tennō's line. Together with the previous three commands, the latter make up the "Five Divine Commands."

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