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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Objects of Worship and Shrine Treasures
Statistics for the Distribution of Amulets from the Grand Shrines of Ise
The number of Ise amulets distributed nationwide, and the proportion of all households enshrining them reached a peak in 1943. The total number distributed fell rapidly with the end of the war, but gradually increased thereafter. On the other hand, the proportion of households enshrining Ise amulets has continued to decrease. The accompanying graphs depict the nationwide rates of distribution and home enshrinement, although the rates of decrease differ substantially, depending on region. Murei Hitoshi's "Jinjakai no tōkei shiryōshō" ([A Study of Shrine Statistics], Kōgakkan Daigaku Shintō kenkyūjo kiyō vol.8), includes graphs showing rates of distribution by prefecture. According to Murei, the rate of distribution has declined overall nationwide, led by the urban areas of the Kantō region, including Tokyo, the prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama. The rate is increasing, however, in the prefectures of Toyama, Shimane, Tottori, and Wakayama, and Hokkaidō. This finding suggests that a variety of factors are involved in the distribution of amulets.

See also Jingū taima

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