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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Shrine Architecture
"Tabooed land," a type of sacred space. Normally found within a shrine's precincts (keidaichi) or related lands, tabooed land is prohibited for human entry since it is believed to be the area where a divine spirit dwells or descends. Typical examples of tabooed land would include the "divine mountain" (shintaizan) of Mt. Miwa at the Ōmiwa Shrine, and the area behind the haiden of the shrine Isonokami Jingū.

-Inoue Nobutaka
Mt. Miwa

Nara Prefecture, 2006

©Tsujimura Shinobu

"Irazu no mori " (Kinsokuchi) at Keta Taisha

Ishikawa Prefecture, 2005

©Fujii Hiroaki

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