Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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|Often translated as "portable shrine," but actually a divine palanquin. An ancient vehicle used to transport a deity when moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival, when making a progress through the deity's parish, or when moving to a new shrine. In a typical festival, the main mikoshi of a shrine is borne by an enthusiastic group of parishioners (ujiko), and may be accompanied by a procession of priests and crowds of people dressed in ancient costumes. Smaller mikoshi may be carried by children or other parishioners in separate processions.