A sad history of Izumo


When I gave a psychic reading about the main building of Izumo Taisha Shrine(出雲大社), which is said to have been a huge one in ancient times, what I saw in my clairvoyanace power was too cruel to write about. It was a scene where pillars bundled with three large trees were planted in the ground to build the main building of the shrine.

  • ancient times 古代
  • clairvoyanace 霊視
  • too…to~ とても…なので〜することができない
  • scene 場面
  • bundled 束ねられた
  • plant 立てる

Soil was first put on a level, vast ground to make a small, trapezoidal hill more than 70 meters tall. Holes were then dug vertically from the top of the hill, whose diameter was as wide as bundled three big trees. About nine vertical holes were dug in all on the trapezoidal hill, whose depth was more than 70 meters.

  • soil 土
  • level 平らな
  • vast 広大な
  • trapezodial 台形の
  • hill 小山
  • diameter 直径
  • in all 全部で
  • depth 深さ

The problem is when those holes were completed. Poor people like slaves who carried out the construction work were thrown alive into the holes. About 20 people were thrown into each hole, and enough stones to fill up the height of 5 meters were thrown down over them from above. Screams beyond description echoed in the holes.

  • complete 完成する
  • slave 奴隷
  • carry out A Aを行なう
  • construction 工事
  • throw A into B AをBに投げ込む
  • alive 生きている
  • enough A to~ 〜することができるくらい十分なA
  • height 高さ
  • throw down A Aを落とす
  • scream 悲鳴
  • beyond description なんとも言えない
  • echo 響く

And after a while, three big trees were bundled to make one huge pillar as long as 60 meters on the top of the trapezoidal hill. Those pillars were assembled under a lying state and were then put into the holes.

  • after a while しばらくすると
  • assemble 組み立てる
  • under a lying state 寝かせた状態で

9 huge pillars were put in the holes and the main building were built on them. The soil of the hill were removed from the top to the bottom and stairs were attached between the pillars in the state of crossing obliquely. After clearing the hill of all the soil, a huge main building appeared which was more than 50 meters tall. Later this large construction project became a model of Hitobashira (人柱), a practice of burying people alive under pillars of buildings to ensure protection.

  • remove 取り除く
  • stair 階段
  • attach 取り付ける
  • in the state of crossing 筋交い状に
  • obliquely 斜めに
  • clear A of B AからBを取り除く
  • appear 現れる
  • model 原型
  • practice 慣習
  • bury A alive 生き埋めにする
  • ensure 確保する
  • protection 保護

Those people who were forced to carry out the construction were inhabitants who had lived in Kinki(近畿)and Chugoku(中国) regions since ancient times. A certain cruel, powerful clan from Kyushu region, who originally immigrated from abroad, captured only young men living in those regions,  send them to Izumo and made them carry out the construction over and over.

  • be forced to~ 〜するよう強いられる
  • inhabitant 住民
  • region 地方
  • a certain A あるA
  • cruel 残酷な
  • powerful clan 豪族
  • originally 元々は
  • immigrate 移民する
  • capture 捕らえる
  • over and over 繰り返し

In short, the construction was carried out in order to prevent a rebellion, make prisoners worn out and rule them by fear. The extraordinarily tall main building was for repetitive destruction as well to make prisoners work over and over. Yes. Izumo used to be a place of banishment in ancient times. A sad history of Japan was there.

  • in short 要するに
  • in order to~ 〜するために
  • prevent 防ぐ
  • rebellion 謀反
  • prisoner 捕虜
  • worn out 疲れ果てる
  • rule 支配する
  • fear 恐怖
  • extraordinarily 異常に
  • repetitive 繰り返しの
  • destruction 破壊
  •  ~ as well ~も
  • a place of banishment 流刑地
  • sad 悲しい

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