The Original Form of Shinto Remains in Ryukyu Shito in Okinawa

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Yamatohime-no-mikoto(倭姫命), who managed to reach Ise carrying the Sun God Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami on her back, and Himiko(卑弥呼), who mastered occult magics and governed the country, and the supreme priest of shintoism were all women. In the modern Japan, only Ise Grand Shrine has barely inherited this tradition.

  • manage to~ 何とかして〜する
  • govern 支配する
  • supreme 最高の
  • barely かろうじて〜する
  • inherit 継承する

The modern shintoism, however, has a male-centered structure, where shrine maidens have a low rank and are forced to retire at young age. Since God’s will is going to have effects upon the World of Reality, bureaucratic shinto priests will go away.

  • structure 構造
  • shrine maiden 巫女
  • be forced to~ 〜せざるを得ない
  • effect 影響
  • bureaucratic 官僚的な

Mt. Asama(浅間山, 朝熊山)erupted and an earthquake occurred at Kumamoto around the same time before and after Setsubun Day, which was the sign from the holy spirit that God’s will would begin to prevail in the World of Reality. The eruption of Sakura Island was just an omen of the eruption of Mt. Aso(阿蘇山).

  • erupt 噴火する
  • earthquake 地震
  • prevail 広まる
  • omen 前兆

The chinese character “熊” came from China, meaning”bear,” and the word “bear” stood for “sacred” “God” “the origin” in ancient times. Mt. Asama in Ise was a holy mountain where the Sun God and Hakusan-Kukuri- Hime-kami(白山ククリヒメ神) were syncretized and enshrined. When Naiku (内宮)of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮) was founded, the most important place for Hakusan faith was concealed. There are only a few shrines in Mt. Asama now.

  • stand for A Aを表す
  • syncretize 集合させる
  • enshrine 祀る
  • faith 信仰
  • conceal 隠す

I feel the spiritual line between the sacred mountain Mt. Hakusan and Mt. Asama is the prototype of the super-ancient land of the Japanese Archipelago and still the lifeline of Japan and the earth. The restoration of spirituality of Mt. Asama is a key to the future.

  • prototype  原型
  • lifeline 生命線
  • restoration 回復
  • key 鍵

Unexpectedly, the original form of the women-centered structure of shintoism remains in Ryukyu shinto in Okinawa. In Ryukyu shinto, they worship the sun and the eastern direction. Female priests of Ryukyu shinto, called Noro, carry incense burners with them, which is the most important ritual article for them. The smoke of incense sticks has been thought to attract the sun God and and recognized as essential for being with god. The incense burners are called Konjin by Noro and regarded as god itself.

  • unexpecetedly 意外にも
  • direction 方向
  • incense burner 香炉
  • attract 引きつける
  • essential 不可欠な

I hear that, in the Ryukyu Kingdom period, tax collectors, when collecting taxes from the licensed quarters, counted the number of incense burners put by the kitchen range so that the number of prostitutes couldn’t be fudged. Incense burners were what men were not allowed to touch and all women had. All women had their own incense burners in those days.

  • tax 税金
  • licensed quarter 遊郭
  • kitchen range 竃
  • fudge 誤魔化す
  • allow 許す

In old houses in Okinawa, each of the houses used to have a lot of incense burners women who had married into the families brought. So the number of the incense burners in a house showed how many generations had lived there and how old the house was.

  • marry 結婚する
  • generation 世代

I feel it’s meaningful that the worship of the sun, the eastern direction and Konjin has existed in Okinawa where the original form of shintoism still remains. Konjin is another name of Kunitokotachi-o-kami(国常立太神). Asama and Konjin-the true shinto that has been hidden for centuries is about to wake up from Ise-Hakusan Dou.

  • meaningul 意味深い
  • exist 存在する
  • remain 残っている
  • hide 隠す
  • be about to~ 今にも〜するところだ

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