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Kokonshingakuruihen
(Mano Tokitsuna)
Classified Editions of Shintō Studies Past and Present. An encyclopedic compendium of Shintō texts. Written by Mano Tokitsuna. Also referred to as Kokon shingaku ruijū shō (Classified Notes on Shintō Studies Past and Present). One hundred fascicles with a two-fascicle Table of Contents (sō-henmoku). The first part, Shinkoku-hen (Land of the Kami ), was published in 1715. Tokitsuna began work on the project when he assumed his hereditary position in 1682. His father, Shigetsuna, a scholar of Shintō clerical posts (shinshoku), deeply felt the need for a clarification of Shintō paraphernalia and origins, and had his son Tokitsuna compile this work. Out of a desire to leave a legacy for his descendants, Tokitsuna devoted nearly forty years to compiling a broad range of Shintō anecdotes, as well as related materials from Confucian and Buddhist texts. In 1687 his first draft, Shingaku ruijū (Classified Collection of Shintō Studies), appeared in nineteen fascicles, but he continued to expand upon this work so that, by 1692, it had reached one hundred fascicles, and became known by its present title. Tokitsuna showed the work to other intellectuals for critiques and comments, with Matsushita Kenrin providing especially valuable editorial corrections. In 1696 Tokitsune considered the project completed and wrote a preface to it, but continued expansions and revisions with the appearance of new source materials and suggestions from his colleagues, until his death in 1717. Roughly one third of the work, the "Land of the Kami " part, was published in thirty-one fascicles and thirty-two volumes between 1715 and 1719. Included in Shintō taikei, vol. 1 (Shuhen), as Kokon Shingaku rui hen, vols. 1-3.

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