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Discover Japanese syncretism at Kesokuji

Learn how Japan mixed religious traditions

Discover Japanese syncretism at Kesokuji

Kesokuji temple was built in the the 9th century. The Japanese first Shogun, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro decided its construction  to soothe the spirits of his dead soldiers as well as indigenous people called Emishi whom he or his soldiers killed.

The original buildings were burned by fire and most of its seven buildings were constructed during Edo Era.

The official road to the temple starts with a red-painted bridge, goes through a torii (Shinto symbol) and goes up to a typically Buddhist main gate.

Yes, this temple keeps the syncretism which was common everywhere in Japan before Meiji Restoration. Its festivals, held in spring and fall, show also the mixed style of now two separate religions.
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