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Kashima Shrine

Kashima-jingū (鹿島神宮), also known as Kashima-jinja,[1] is a Japanese Shinto shrine in Kashima, Ibaraki on the island of Honshu.[2]

History[change | change source]

Kashima was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of the old Hitachi Province. It serves today as one of the ichinomiya of Ibaraki Prefecture. [3] This place is special to the kami named Takemikazuchi no ookami (武甕槌大神).[1]

In the modern system of ranked Shinto Shrines, Kashima was listed in the middle range of ranked Imperial shrines or Kanpei-chūsha (官幣中社) which included 23 sanctuaries.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kotodamaya.com, "Kashima Jinja"; retrieved 2012-11-28.
  2. Kashima City, "Kashima Jinju Shrine"; retrieved 2012-11-28.
  3. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-11-28.
  4. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 125.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kashima-jinju at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°58′08″N 140°37′53″E / 35.96889°N 140.63139°E / 35.96889; 140.63139