Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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1 Kenzoku 眷属 Gods or messengers subordinate to an important deity. Originally a Buddhist term. Some are worshiped separately as mikogami (offspring deities) in influential shrines. They may also be established in sessha and massha in small villages, and may gradually come to be identified wi...
2 Mikogami 御子神 Revered offspring deity. In addition to the principal deity worshiped at a shrine, worship is also paid to the offspring of the deity. For example, at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, Susanoo no mikoto is worshiped as the central deity, and to the west, his eight offspring are also worshiped.