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Izumo Taisha

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxi ] Izumo grand shrine; the chief shrine outside the official mythology of the Yamato tribe. It is located in Shimane prefecture on the Japan Sea side ( see S hinto shrines ) [19: 326–53; 34: 6–7, 184–7]. It is dedicated to Okuninushi-no-mikoto, K ami of fishing and sericulture, whose anti-Yamato hostility was mitigated by the gift of a palace and generous annual tribute, and who was traditionally given authority over the religious affairs of the country. Although rebuilt on a smaller scale after a sudden collapse in 1031, the shrine is still the largest in Japan. It has a high, raised floor, taishazukuri in style. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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