Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Kuni no miyatsuko
Text Local ruling families in ancient Japan which, even after becoming subservient to the Yamato Court, continued to hold political power in their own regions. With the establishment of a firm central administration, they gradually lost their political power and came to hold only nominal positions as heads of local religious observances. Hereditary families of priests such as the Senge and Kitajima of Izumo Taisha and the Aso of Aso Jinja are modern descendants of these families.