Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Ichi no miya
Text An old appellation for the representative shrine of a given region. Its origin is not clear. In the latter part of the Heian period, shrine worship by the imperial house came to be limited to the Kinki region (the Home Provinces), and the system of 22 shrines (nijûnisha) was established. In local areas also, the most distinguished shrine was made the ichi no miya or first shrine, and ni no miya and san no miya (second and third shrines), were also designated to facilitate the visits of the local governor. There were often changes in the ranks of these shrines.