Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Divided or apportioned spirit. When a new branch of an already existing shrine is established, the spirit of the deity of the former shrine is divided, and a portion enshrined in the new location. While the original deity is not considered in any way lessened by this procedure, the newly formed branch spirit is generally thought of as inferior in stature to the original. Bunrei refers both to the act of dividing and to the newly formed branch spirit.