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Shintō denju
(Hayashi Razan)
This is also known as Shintō denju shō. This is a work by the Confucian scholar of the early Edo period, Hayashi Razan, that expounds the secret doctrines of Shintō. It contains a wide variety of doctrine from the various groups of Shintō, based around Yoshida Shintō, but including Ise, Sannō, and Ryōbu Shintō. According to the colophon, Hayashi Razan compiled this work between the years of 1644 and 1648 in response to a request by Sakai Tadakatsu, feudal lord of Wakasa Province. The work consists of eighty-nine sections. Of these, in Section 18 "the mysteries of Shintō," he briefly touches on the idea of ritō shinchi shintō (the common points of Shintō and Confucianism) that he established. The sections of this work also contain evidence that secret teachings were passed on by some in the Hayashi family, as the manuscript contains thin paper inserts (kirigami ). This work is found in "Kinsei Shintōron / Zenki kokugaku" in Nihon shisō taikei (Iwanami Shoten, 1972) and "Fujiwara Seika / Hayashi Razan" of Shintō taikei (1988).

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