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A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine


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A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine


Conventions1. Frames and Focuses2. Historical Momentums3. The Kami4. Ritual and Ceremony: An Overview5. Finding the Measure6. Head Priest Uesugi

Spring7. Beans versus Demons8. On Becoming a Priest: Matsumoto-san's Version9. Backstage at the Doll's Day Festival10. Judgement by Scalding Water11. Festival for Fecundity

Summer12. Being Dirty, Getting Clean, and the Ritual of Great Purification13. "I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, But..."14. A Woman's Place Is the Shrine

Autumn15. Okunchi: A City's Heart and Soul16. Children and Silk17. Thanksgiving for New Rice

Winter18. On Spirit, Geomancy, and Sake19. Sanctifying the Earth20. Three Rites for Enduring and Beginning the Year21. To Be an Adult

ConclusionAppendix 1: The Rituals and Festivals of Suwa ShrineAppendix 2: Map and Guide to the Shrine PrecinctsNotesGlossary of Japanese TermsWorks CitedIndex

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