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Chiyo no sumika
A corpus of Oka Kumaomi's theory of the soul. Two volumes. The author wrote the preface was written in 1818, and the editing was finished in 1822. This work develops the theory of the immortality of the soul. After one's death, the source soul (mototsumitama) will go to Tsukuyominokuni, and the sakimitama and kushimitama become kami. If one determines to reside there permanently, one will live there forever. The first volume consists of a chapter on the musuhi soul, a chapter of the yaoe rite of the tide, and a chapter on yomijinosiori. The second volume consists of a question and answer format appendix, and Chiyonosumika's introduction and postscript. Based on the Nihon shoki and Kojiki, it preaches the necessity of having ease of mind regarding of life and death. It offers an explanation of everything from the process by which Ametsuchi, Nenokuni, and Yominokuni (Yomotsukuni) were established to the birth of human beings and the place in which souls settle after death. It was included in the first volume of the Oka Kumaomi shū (The Collected Writings of Oka Kumaomi) edited by Katō Takahisa (1985, Kokusho Kankōkai).

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