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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Shrine Architecture
A shrine structure meant to hold sacred offerings or heihaku, but most often constructed as a continuous section linking a shrine's sanctuary (honden) and oratory (haiden). In the architectural style called Gongen-zukuri, when the stone-paved floor of the heiden is constructed at a lower elevation than that of the honden and haiden, it is called the ishi no ma ("stone room"). In some cases, the structure corresponding to the heiden goes by the name chūden (middle hall) or other terms. At present, rather than being a simple repository of offerings, the heiden is most frequently used as a location for the performance of rituals.

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