A glimpse at (the ancient people of) Shimane’s soul centering on the mystery of the Izumo Grand Shrine is introduced from various angles.
Get a better understanding of the ritual sites around the Izumo Grand Shrine and the power of belief in ancient times through the achievements of historical, geographical and archaeological studies. Moreover, find out when and why the Izumo Grand Shrine was established in this area by following various myths related to foundation, which will help us understand the origin and history of this holy place.
The Izumo Grand Shrine has always been cherished by the people of Izumo Province. Why has there been such a large shrine at this location since ancient times ? Why has its size been so important for people for all this time ? View Models of the grand shrine structure and rites to gain an understanding of the characteristics of the Izumo Grand Shrine and to get inside the mind of the people who have supported it for all this time.
There is a so-called Izumo form of Shintoism and worship centering on the Grand Shrine and including a belief in the prosperity deity and the match-making deity. Take a closer look at people’s belief in the Izumo deities, local culture and religious characteristics through the history of ‘Kamiari Festival’ or festival to the deities gathering in Izumo and the deity of prosperity after the Middle Ages.
Observe some aspects of people’s faith through the craftwork and the paintings dedicated to the shrines and temples in Shimane Prefecture including the Izumo Grand Shrine.
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo|
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