Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Sanshu no Shinki
Text The three imperial Regalia. Three sacred treasures symbolizing the legitimacy of the imperial throne. In the past, possession of the status of Emperor was proven by the transmission of these three treasures. (1) The mirror, called the Yata no Kagami, is preserved as the manifestation of the goddess Amaterasu ômikami at Ise no Jingû; a replica is preserved in the Kashiko-dokoro of the imperial palace. (2) The sword, called Kusanagi no Tsurugi, is a manifestation of the deity enshrined at Atsuta Jingû. A replica is preserved in the imperial palace. (3) The jewels, called Yasakani no Magatama, have always been preserved in the imperial palace. According to legend, all three treasures were handed down by Amaterasu ômikami, and are said to symbolize the virtues of wisdom, courage, and benevolence.