Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text A patron of a shrine living within traditional parish boundaries. While the term originally referred to any member of a clan claiming a common ancestral god or ujigami, the meaning of the word ujigami changed in time from a lineage to a more territorially related concept, and the term ujiko thus also came to refer to anyone who was born and lived in the area under the tutelage of the deity.