Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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|House deity, the worship of which is closely connected with ancestor worship. In some areas, a yashikigami may be found worshiped at each house in a village; in others, it is found in only one influential home in the community; this latter form is believed to be the earlier of the two. Frequent cases may be seen in which the yashikigami housed by an influential family has become the tutelary deity for an entire village.