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Jinja keimō
(Shirai Sōin)
This work gives an outline of the important shrines throughout Japan. It consists of seven bound volumes, with a separate volume as an introduction. It was written by Shirai Sōin, and according to the introduction by Sōin, it was finished in 1667. It was published in 1670. Sōin had written Jinja binran before this work, and it is said that Jinja keimō is an expansion of his earlier writing. This is the second most important work published on shrine research, after Honchō jinja kō by Hayashi Razan. As far as the contents are concerned, the first volume deals with Ise Shrine, and volumes Two and Three deal with the twenty-two shrines that were most important to the court (nijūnisha). Volume Four concerns the main shrine of each province (Ichinomiya), and volumes Five and Six concern the various other shrines, with Volume Seven set aside for shrines that worship the spirits of humans. The introductory volume contains Sōin's preface and explanatory notes, and the origins of the establishment of the twenty-two shrines. The number of shrines dealt with in this work approaches well over two hundred shrines. Sōin originally was a physician from Ōsaka, and was known as Jishōken or Haku'un Sannin, and he was well versed in Japanese studies, and the high acclaim he received for his work attests to the depth of his scholarship. This work is contained in Nihon fūkyō sōsho, Part Eight (Dai Nippon Fūkyō Sōsho Kankōkai, 1920).

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