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The Deity Of Miwa And Tendai Esoteric Thought

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In recent years academic scholarship concerning the history of worship of Japanese deities has made significant progress. New approaches have been steadily developing, and major frameworks have now been established. More historical case studies of combinatory cults in which kami, esoteric Buddhist and other divinities played important roles, continue to arrive. A variety of premodern sources testify that Tendai esoteric thinkers paid particular attention to the worship of kami. The deity of Miwa was also connected to the sacred site at the foot of Hieizan. During the Heian period, this kami became a part of the group of deities venerated at the seven Great Hie shrines, and was incorporated into the star cult. The Tendai tradition asserts that Ennin was instrumental in outlining the importance of the Miwa deity for kami worship at Hieizan.

Keywords: esoteric Buddhist; kami; Miwa deity; Tendai



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