Encyclopedia of Shinto

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カテゴリー1: 4. Jinja (Shrines)
カテゴリー2: Shrine Architecture
A fixed lantern or lamp found either within a shrine's precincts (keidaichi) or one of the shrine structures, and used as a place to offer votive lights to the shrine. Lamps and lanterns were originally a fixture of Buddhist temples before being adopted at Shinto shrines as well. Most outdoor lanterns are of the large stone type. Rows of suspended metal lanterns are frequently found within the verandas or passageways of shrine buildings. Other materials may include wood and porcelain. Lamps come in other styles including a variety of hanging and movable standing lamps, each chosen in accordance with the location and purpose involved. Large permanent stone lamps form a characteristic feature of the scenery at many shrines, and some shrines observe rites or festivals in which all lamps are lighted at once. An example of this custom can be seen in the festival of "myriad lamps" (mantōrō) observed in the precincts of Kasuga Shrine (Nara). Most such lamps have been dedicated by parishioners and worshipers, and are frequently inscribed with the names, residences, and occupations of the donors, thus forming an important record of the history of the shrine cult.
— Mori Mizue

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Scenes from the Man-tōrō festival at Kasuga Taisha.
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Ōsawa Kōji

Metal lanterns at Kasuga Shrine_Tsujimura Shinobu___2006****_Nara Prefecture

Stone lanterns at Kasuga Shrine_Tsujimura Shinobu_Nara Prefecture_2006年**月**日

Metal lanterns at Kasuga Shrine_Tsujimura Shinobu_Nara Prefecture_2006年**月**日