Sefa-utaki

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Sefa-utaki

Sefa-utaki (斎場御嶽 Seefa-utaki?), meaning "purified place of Utaki,"[1] is an historical sacred space, overlooking Kudaka Island, that served as one of the key locations of worship in the native religion of the Ryukyu people for millennia.[2] Later as a part of assimilation of Okinawa by Japan, it was shifted to serve as a Shinto Shrine. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu in Nanjō, Okinawa.

Sefa Utaki on Chinen Peninsula has been recognized as a sacred place since the earliest period of Okinawan history. The shrine area itself comprises a number of caves and overhanging ledges opening to the east and south among towering rock formations of a high promontory over the sea. All buildings have been destroyed, but the outer and inner precincts can still be traced.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Yamakage, Motohisa et al. (2006). The essence of Shinto, p. 69.
  2. ^ International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Ryukyu sites (Japan): No 972 [Report on nomination by Japan of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu]. ICOMOS, September 2000. PDF file. <http://whc.unesco.org/archive/advisory_body_evaluation/972.pdf>.
  3. ^ Kerr, George H. (1953). Ryukyu Kingdom and Province before 1945, p. 10.

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Coordinates: 26°10′24″N 127°49′36″E / 26.17333°N 127.82667°E / 26.17333; 127.82667