Shrine registration, lit. 'checking of ujiko'. Instituted with limited success early in the Meiji era to replace the Buddhist tera-uke system. One became an ujiko by receiving at birth a talisman from a local shrine, to be returned at death. Moving house meant re­registering at a nearby shrine. All households were expected in addition to enshrine in the kamidana a talisman representing the bunrei (divided spirit) of the Ise shrine.
   See Taima.

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  • Ujiko —    Literally child of the clan . It traditionally denoted only elite or long standing members of a village or community with responsibility for shrine affairs but in the Meiji period following the disestablishment of the Buddhist temple… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Tera-uke —    A temple certificate. It refers to the Buddhist temple registration and recording system instituted in the Tokugawa period to help eradicate Roman Catholic Christianity (Kirishitan). All Japanese, including Shinto priests even of large shrines …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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