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Shugendō And Its Relationship With The Japanese Esoteric Sects: A Study Of The Ritual Calendar Of An Edo Period Shugendō Shrine-Temple Complex

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Given the historical circumstances that led to the development of Shugendō as a discrete religious institution in Japan, it is often difficult to distinguish it from the esoteric Tendai and Shingon sects. Shugendō priests undertook the postordination training called shido kegyō in common with all Tendai and Shingon priests. This then became the basis of their ritual structure, whether they lived at the head temple or in a village temple, and a tool to be employed for a variety of ritual modes-and not necessarily the formal rites performed in strictly Tendai and Shingon temples. This chapter demonstrates this assertion through an analysis of the ritual calendar of a Shugendō shrine-temple complex, Jakkō ji on Mt. Haguro.

Keywords: Japanese Esoteric Sects; Mt. Haguro; ritual calendar; Shugendo Shrine-Temple



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