from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Japan, a shelf in a household on which are placed the objects of household worship, forming a kind of domestic altar: the Japanese name is kami-dana, and among Buddhists Butsu-dana. See Kami-dama.


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  • The only vestige of religion in his house is the kamidana, or god-shelf, on which stands a wooden shrine like a Shinto temple, which contains the memorial tablets to deceased relations.

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  • All their tents have a god-shelf, on which are placed small images and sacred emblems.

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  • Otherwise it finds its home in the miniature shrine of the _kami-dana_ or god-shelf.

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  • These, when brought home, are placed on the _Kamidana_, or god-shelf — a miniature temple of wood, found in every Shinto house, to which are attached the names of various patron deities, and the monumental tablets of the family.

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  • There is hardly a house in Japan but has some, often many, of these charms, either nailed on the front door or placed on the god-shelf.

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  • The Seven Happy Gods of Fortune form nominally a Buddhist assemblage, and their effigies on the kami-dana or god-shelf, found in nearly every Japanese house, are universally visible.

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  • In most Japanese houses to-day, the "god-shelf" and the

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  • And, furthermore, every Japanese can worship the supreme divinities of Shinto in his own house, where upon a "god-shelf" (Kamidana) are tablets inscribed with the assurance of their divine protection, -- holy charms obtained from the priests of Ise or of

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  • He advised that the following prayer should be daily repeated before the "god-shelf": --

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • "Persons whose daily affairs are so multitudinous that they have not time to go through all the prayers, may content themselves with adoring (1) the residence of the Emperor, (2) the domestic god-shelf, -- kamidana, (3) the spirits of their ancestors, (4) their local patron-god, Ujigami, (5) the deity of their particular calling."

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation


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