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Ryukyu Eight Shrines

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  • Japanese: 琉球八社 (Ryuukyuu hassha, Ryuukyuu yasa)

The Ryûkyû Eight Shrines are a group of eight Shinto shrines in Okinawa prefecture specially designated as being of particular prominence or importance; each is associated with a nearby Buddhist temple.

The Eight Shrines

Alternate Listings

The Pure Land monk Taichû, in his 1605-1607 Ryûkyû Shintô ki, offers a list of the "Ryûkyû Nine Shrines," which includes eight Kumano gongen shrines plus the Azato Hachiman-gû. The eight he identifies as associated with Kumano gongen are Naminoue, Oki, Ameku, Futenma, Sueyoshi, Shikina, a Tenjin shrine (assoc. with Chôraku-ji), and a branch of Ise Shrine (assoc. with Chôju-ji).[1]

References

  1. Yokoyama Manabu 横山学, Ryûkyû koku shisetsu torai no kenkyû 琉球国使節渡来の研究, Tokyo: Yoshikawa kôbunkan (1987), 52.
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