Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Thought to be an abbreviation for okitoshi or prayer reciter. From the middle ages to the Meiji period, oshi were employed at Ise no Jingû and the three Kumano shrines, and they maintained a close relationship with their patrons (danna). The oshi traveled around the country, visiting their danna in various localities and distributing amulets. They also provided lodgings and other services to pilgrims visiting their respective shrines. At Ise, called on-shi.