Architecture and Authority in Japan (Nissan by William H. Coaldrake

By William H. Coaldrake

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6). 6 Shoden of Outer Shrine, Ise (1985–93 rebuilding) (Courtesy of Ise Jingu) of the buildings arising from deliberate distinctions in authority drawn architecturally between the Inner and Outer Shrines. For example, the Outer Shrine is approached across a sacred bridge but the sentinel torii are little more than half the height of those marking the entry to the Inner Shrine. 7 Approach to sanctuary of Outer Shrine, Ise (1965–73 rebuilding) 26 atmosphere not so awe-inspiring as at the Inner Shrine.

Ise and Izumo in History 18 As a result of their profound importance to the process of consolidation of national governing authority, an enormous body of written documents and interpretation has accumulated over the centuries pertaining to every aspect of religious practice, political role and architectural forms of Ise and Izumo. This in itself indicates the importance which has been placed on the elevation of the authority of Ise and the relegation of Izumo to inferior status throughout recorded history.

Grey pebbles cover the surface of the compound, with white rocks forming the path leading the way to the sanctuary buildings. The ridge of the main sanctuary building, or Shoden, may be glimpsed from this vantage point, rising above the protecting gateway and surmounted by towering forked finials known as chigi. Some 4 to 5 metres in length and sheathed in gilded bronze, these chigi gleam in the sunlight like a portent of the presence of the Sun Goddess herself. 3). 1 Map of Inner Shrine of Ise (1985–93 rebuilding) (Courtesy of Ise Jingu) 22 1.

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