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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Shrine Architecture
Karidono
Also called kariden, a "provisional hall" used to temporarily house the divine emblem (shintai), in contrast to the main sanctuary (honden). Such provisional structures are necessary when rebuilding or repairing the main shrine, in cases of disaster, or when installing a new divine emblem. At such times, a karidono is used to shelter the kami's emblem until the main shrine is prepared for use. In most cases, a karidono will be newly built in response to contingent necessity, but some shrines maintain permanent facilities for use as karidono, which may be called by such terms as senden ("removal hall"), utsushidono ("moving hall"), or gonden ("ancillary hall"). In other cases, such as at the Grand Shrines of Ise, existing shrine structures (such as the tōhōden, mikeden, or imibiyaden) may be selected in advance and designated to serve as kariden in event of a contingency. The ritual moving of a kami's emblem to a kariden is called a kariden sengū ("removal to a kariden").

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