Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Interior shrine. In a dual shrine complex, the shrine geographically farther to the interior (oku), or less accessible than the other shrine of the pair. When two shrines dedicated to the same deity exist on a mountain, the shrine at the foot of the mountain may be called the honsha, while the one at the summit is called the okumiya, yamamiya, etc. For example, the shrine at the summit of Mt. Fuji is called the okumiya in contrast to the hongû called Fuji Hongû Sengen Jinja.