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Miwadaimyōjin'engi
This one-volume collection details the legends of Ōmiwa Shrine (Miwa-sha) and its associated temple (jingūji), Ōgorinji. This work is generally thought to have been written by Eison of Saidaiji (1201-1290) in his later years, and revised by his disciples. In the Miwa daimyōjin engi, it is argued that while in the heavenly realm Amaterasu ōmikami is a single kami, on earth she is divided into the two kami Kōdaijin and Daijinmyōjin. This reasoning is then used to advocate the theory of the unity of the Grand Shrines of Ise (Ise Jingū) with Ōmiwa Shrine. Quoting from the Nihon shoki and utilizing the principle of honji suijaku setsu — that Buddhist deities manifest on earth as Shintō kami in order to save the Japanese people — it is argued in this text that Ōmiwa Shrine is the "source" (honji), since it dates from the age when the kami descended from the heavens, while the Grand Shrines of Ise is the "manifestation" (suijaku), owing to the Emperor Suinin being enshrined there. The text further explains that the reason that there is no main shrine building at Ōmiwa Shrine is because the shape of Mount Miwa itself represents an amalgamation of both the taizō and kongō mandalas. The Miwa daimyōjin engi is included in the Zoku gunsho ruijyū, Jingi-bu.

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