Izumo Grand Shrine and the rituals

A glimpse at (the ancient people of) Shimane’s soul centering on the mystery of the Izumo Grand Shrine is introduced from various angles.

(1)Memories of the sacured site --- Buried myths-
(2)The Izumo Grond Shrine --- epiphany of pillars
(3)All deities gather in Izumo in every October
(4)Offerings to the deities

 

(1)Memories of the sacured site --- Buried myths-

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.

A revised version of the Izumo-no-kuni-fudoki
A revised version of the Izumo fudoki
Replicas of unearthed halberd and comma - shaped beads (the Manai site)
Replicas of unearthed halberd and comma - shaped beads (the Manai site)
Statues of the deity (the Aoki site)
Statues of the deity (the Aoki site)

(2)The Izumo Grond Shrine --- epiphany of pillars

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.

Model of the main building of the Izumo Grand Shrine made to a scale of 1/10
Model of the main building of the Izumo Grand Shrine made to a scale of 1/10
Model of the grounds of the Izumo Grand Shrine (from the Keicyo Period)
Model of the grounds of the Izumo Grand Shrine (from the early 17th century)
Model of the grounds of the Izumo Grand Shrine (from the Kanbun Period)
Model of the grounds of the Izumo Grand Shrine (from the mid-17th century)

(3)All deities gather in Izumo in every October

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.

A scene from the match-making conference
A scene from the match-making conference
The deity Daikoku of the Izumo Grand Shrine
The deity Daikoku of the Izumo Grand Shrine

(4)Offerings to the deities

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.

 
Folding screen of Sangatsu-e or the rite in the Izumo Grand Shirine in March(stored in the Izumo Grand Shrine)
Folding screen of Sangatsu-e or the rite in the Izumo Grand Shirine in March(stored in the Izumo Grand Shrine)
 
 
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
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