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カテゴリー1: 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2: Personalities
Inbe no Masamichi
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Shintoist of the Muromachi period. Masamichi was likely from a branch of the Inbe clan in the Department of Divinities (Jingikan), though no detailed records of his life exist. Inbe is thought to be the author of the Jindai no maki kuketsu, dated to 1367 based on its foreword. One school of thought, however, holds that this work is in fact a product of a later period. The work serves as a summary of the Nihon shoki's two books of the Divine Age (Jindai no maki or Jindaikan). In addition to ideas derived from Ise Shintō and the Jinnō shōtōki, the work also emphasized the concepts of openness/brightness (seimei or kiyoki-akaki) and propriety, or straightforwardness (seichoku or shōjiki) under the influence of the Song dynasty thought popular at the time. No other documents by Inbe followed this work, and it remained in obscurity until the Edo period, when woodblock-print editions were widely distributed and it was reappraised by Shinto scholars such as Yamazaki Ansai (1619-1682) and Mano Tokitsuna (1648-1717). Inbe Shintō, founded at the beginning of the Edo period by Hirota Tansai, also followed precepts set out by Inbe.

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