Ōyamato Shrine

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Ōyamato Shrine
The Haiden, or main prayer hall.
Dedicated to Yamatonoookunitamanokami, Ōkuninushi, Toshigami
Address 306 Hoshiyama, Shinsencho, Tenri, Nara
Website www5.plala.or.jp/ooyamato/
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Ōyamato Shrine (大和神社, Ōyamato Jinja?) is a Shinto shrine located in Tenri, Nara in Japan.

The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period.[1] In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines including the Ōyamato Shrine.[2]

From 1871 through 1946, the Ōyamato Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社?), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.[3]

The shrine was a guardian shrine of Japanese battleship Yamato.[4]

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  1. ^ Breen, John et al. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami, pp. 74-75.
  2. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 124.
  4. ^ Official Site

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Coordinates: 34°34′15″N 135°50′15″E / 34.57083°N 135.83750°E / 34.57083; 135.83750