Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Names of types of shrines, such as daijingû, jingû, , taisha, and sha. In a few exceptional cases, the name of the deity enshrined is used as a shagô. The title of jingû is the highest appellation; it includes Ise no Jingû and other special shrines dedicated to imperial ancestors or emperors or having an otherwise distinguished background. The title of is applied only to shrines dedicated to the spirit of an emperor or a member of the imperial family, or to a shrine having some other special historical significance. Taisha indicates a shrine, such as Izumo Taisha, that occupies a position of prominence in the area. Jinja and sha are general appellations. See also shakaku seido.