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Saitenryaku tsuketari saimonrei
(Kusakado Nobutaka)
Saitenryaku, with an attachment of examples from Saibunrei. Written by Kusakado Nobutaka in one volume and one attachment. It was published in 1869 as the Ibukinoya Juku edition. It was revised by Kamo Tsuneharu. Nobutaka was a student of the Hirata school in Mikawa, and was a priest (kannushi ) at the Mikawa Ichinomiya Toga Shrine. According to Kamo Tsuneharu's colophon, when Buddhist priests returned to private life after Buddhism and Shintō were made separate and existing facilities were converted into shrines, Saitenryaku referred to a handbook for them as officiators (shinshoku) of ceremonies at shrines. Perhaps it is because of this that the majority of Saitenryaku deals with extraordinary events instead of customary festivals, especially the ceremonies surrounding the moving of a shrine when a new one is established and the festival surrounding its construction. Other than this it also contains miscellaneous ceremonies in response to requests from parishioners of a certain shrine (ujiko), such as purification rituals and praying for the sick. Saibunrei, which was compiled after Saitenryaku, contains various examples of liturgies (norito), such as customary prayers offered on the first day of the new year, and at the spring and autumn festivals, as well as various liturgies for the rebuilding of the shrine hall or new dwellings, and incantations related to weather, disease, disaster, the safety of a home or safety on a journey. Most of these are liturgies employed at minor shrines for miscellaneous festivals (zassai ). From this evidence it can be said that these works provide good reference material regarding the actual state of affairs of shrine festivals during the transition from Yoshida Shintō-based festivals to Meiji era festivals, which was prompted by the government order to separate Buddhism and Shintō (shinbutsu bunri rei ). Not long after Nobutaka had this manuscript published he passed away.

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