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Historical Tales, Vol. 12

Japanese and Chinese

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Author: Charles Morris
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,720 / 262 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 709
Added to site: 2010.03.10
mnybks.net#: 26944
Origin: gutenberg.org
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or them. A rebellion broke out, due, doubtless, to the evil spirit of men, but arising, in his opinion, from the displeasure of the gods, who were not pleased with his keeping these sacred objects under his own roof, where they might be defiled by the unholiness of man. He determined, therefore, to provide for them a home of their own, and to do so built the first temple in his realm. The sacred symbols were placed under the care of his daughter, who was appointed priestess of the shrine. From that day to this a virgin princess of imperial blood has been chosen as custodian of these emblems of deific power and presence.

The first temple was built at Kasanui, a village in Yamato. But the goddess Amaterasu warned the priestess that this locality was not sufficiently holy, so she set off with the mirror in search of a place more to the taste of the gods, carrying it from province to province, until old age overtook her, yet finding no spot that reflected the clear light of holiness from the surface of the

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