The association of ujiko of a shrine. Its members contribute to the upkeep of the shrine and elect representatives to manage or advise on shrine affairs.

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  • Ujiko sodai —    Parishioner representatives; members of the local community who took special responsibility for the upkeep or management of a shrine and represented parishioners from whom they collected donations for the upkeep of the shrine and its festivals …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Sukei-kai —    or sukeisha kai. Worshippers Associations . In present usage, committees formed since 1945 to support local shrines following the dissolution by SCAP of the official ujiko sodai (ujiko representatives) system which relied on local government… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Sodai-kai —     Representatives Association . The postwar voluntary committees which organise festivals etc. relating to the local shrine. They usually consist of older men prominent in the community (e.g. representing neighbourhoods) and will generally… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Ujigami —    The kami of an uji, clan , community . In practice more or less interchangeable with ubusuna, the kami of one s birthplace, though ujigami carries mainly the sense of ancestor or parent kami. The ujigami is the protective or tutelary deity of… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Jinja —    The generic term for shrine. Literally kami place , a reminder that kami are generally closely identified with the vicinity of the shrine, not seen as remote deities to be worshipped via any shrine (though see Yohai jo). In shrine names, jinja …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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