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A structure named for its location behind the main hall of a Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine. Sometimes it is a considerable distance behind the shrine or temple or on top of the highest elevation behind the main buildings within the precincts, or in a cave. The structure is used to revere the founder of a temple or shrine or is dedicated to Buddha or a deity belonging to the Buddhist hierarchy *honjibutsu –{’n•§, to a god or goddess of Shinto pantheon, or to great historical figures who were deified after death.
Examples: Mt. Kouya ‚–μ Oku-no-in ‰œ‚Μ‰@, enshrines the remains of *Kuukai ‹σŠC (774-835), the founder of the Shingon ^ŒΎ sect ; Sanbutsuji Oku-no-in *Nageiredou ŽO•§Ž›‰œ‰@“Š“ό“° (12c) in Tottori prefecture, dedicated to Zaou Gongen ‘ ‰€žάŒ». Nikkou Toushouguu Oku-no-in “ϊŒυ“ŒΖ‹{‰œ‚Μ‰@ in Tochigi oprefecture, enshrines the remains of Tokugawa Ieyasu “Ώμ‰ΖN (1542-1616), which are kept in a *houtou •σ“ƒ (a small bronze circular pagoda).
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