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(Yamazaki Ansai)
This three volume work (also known simply as the Fūsuisō) was written by Yamazaki Ansai in his later years. The text is a commentary on the Nakatomi-no-harae, and is both a corpus of Shintō theories since the Medieval period as well as being the most important text of Suika Shintō. Ansai wrote that people must practice harae to purify both their bodies and minds as well as wholeheartedly venerating the kami in order to receive the "joy of a proper relationship with the kami" (seishin no sachi, also shinjin) in their lives. In short, Ansai's purpose in writing this book was to make his readers aware that one realizes the "unity of kami and human" (tenjin yuiitsu) through the practice of harae. When Ansai was near death, he gave Ōgimachi Kinmichi a draft of the Fūsuisō and entrusted him with the succession of "the correct school of Shintō" (Suika Shintō). Ansai also offered a purified copy of the text to Shimogoryō Shrine. The Nakatomi-no-harae fūsuisō is included in Shintō taikei, Ronsetsu-hen, Suika Shintō, Volume 1; and in Dai Nihon bunko, Suika Shintō, Volume 2 (Saeki Ariyoshi, ed.).

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