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The Chief Priests of Jingū

Jingū, at Isë, is unique among contemporary jinja, at least as far as I know, in having two chief priests. These are called the Dai Gūji (“Great Chief Priest”) and Shō Gūji (“Small Chief Priest”). Both of these people are frequently mentioned in Jinja Shinpō, and as far as I can tell, the distinction between them is as follows. The Shō Gūji is a career priest, and normally someone who has served as a priest at Jingū for years. He (always he) is normally at Jingū, and fills the role… Read More »The Chief Priests of Jingū

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