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A hall dedicated to the five guardian kings, also called the five renowned deities *godai myouou ŒÜ‘å–¾‰¤, in the Shingon ^Œ¾ sect of Esoteric Buddhism mikkyou –§‹³. The five deities with frightening faces are *Fudou Myouou •s“®–¾‰¤ placed in the center; *Gouzanze Myouou ~ŽO¢–¾‰¤ to the east; *Gundari Myouou ŒR䶗˜–¾‰¤ to the south; *Daiitoku Myouou ‘åˆÐ“¿–¾‰¤ to the west and *Kongouyasha Myouou ‹à„–鍳–¾‰¤ to the north. When a ceremony is performed each deity must be placed on his respective platform. Example; Zuiganji Godaidou ›ÜŽ›ŒÜ‘å“° (1604), Miyagi prefecture, 3~3 bays (6.87 m) excluding the surrounding veranda. The bracket complexes are simple 2-stepped type *futatesakigumi “ñŽèæ‘g. Frog-leg struts *kaerumata å¯ŒÒ are centered in the interstices *nakazonae ’†”õ between the bracket complexes placed atop each pillar *hashira ’Œ. Rafters are closely spaced *shigedaruki ”ɐ‚–Ø. The tiled roof *hongawarabuki –{Š¢•˜ is pyramidal *hougyou-zukuri •óŒ`‘¢ with double eaves *futanoki “ñŒ¬. The interior has a finely, latticed coffered ceiling *kogumi goutenjou ¬‘gŠi“Vˆä surrounding the center of the coved ceiling *oriage tenjou Üã“Vˆä. The Buddhist altar *shumidan {–í’d and miniature shrine *zushi ~Žq have sculptured decoration. There is a one-bay, ikken ˆêŠÔ, step canopy *kouhai Œü”q. A low railing surrounds the wooden-floored veranda. Doors open in the center bays on all sides. The bays on either side of the main entrance facing the step canopy are latticed on the exterior and open horizontally *shitomido ŽÁŒË.
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Zuiganji Godaidou ›ÜŽ›ŒÜ‘å“° (Miyagi)

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