Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text The presentation of heihaku or offerings to be used by a deity. Heihaku literally means cloth, but as a general term also includes clothing, paper, jewels, weapons, and utensils. In the past, because offerings were presented by the imperial court and the local provincial governors, certain shrines were called kampeisha (shrines receiving offerings from the Bureau of Divinities [Jingikan]), or kokuheisha (shrine receiving offerings from the local government). Today offerings are customarily presented by the Jinja Honchô.