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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Shrine Rituals
Introduced after World War II, kenpeishi are emissaries sent by the Association of Shinto Shrines (Jinja Honchō) to its affiliated shrines to present offerings (heihaku) on behalf of the Association. The money for the offerings (heihakuryou) is provided by the Association on the occasion of reisai, chinzasai, honden senzasai, or shikinen-sai. The term kenpeishi is derived from the word for making the offering kenpei. According to the text of the Association's Regulations, the offering made by the kenpeishi is "a sincere expression of reverence for the virtues of the kami and a prayer for the flourishing of "the Virtuous Way." The choice of the emissary varies according to the status of the shrine. An "Offering Ceremony" (Hanpeishiki) is held at the Association each May.
— Inoue Nobutaka

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