saikan 斎館
KEY WORD : architecture / shrines
Also *kandachi 神館, shinkan 神館.

1 At Ise Jinguu 伊勢神宮 in Mie prefecture, saikan refers to those who serve the shrine: the master of religious ceremonies, saishu 祭主; the chief priest, daiguuji 大宮司; the assistant priests, shouguuji 少宮司; lower rank priests, negi 禰宜; assistants to lower rank priests, gonnegi 権禰宜; and shrine administrators, guushou 宮掌.

2 A person involved in religious duties at a Shinto shrine. Also kannushi 神主, shinshoku 神職.

3 A purification hall where all priests, and at Ise Jinguu the head priestess as well, purify themselves prior to participating in any ceremony.


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