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Three Secret Ise Texts were heavily tabooed and it was forbidden for anyone under age 60 to read them. How extraordinary.

 
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Three Secret Ise Texts were heavily tabooed and it was forbidden for anyone under age 60 to read them. How extraordinary.
...it is sometimes called "Outer Shrine Shinto" (Gekū Shintō). The doctrines of this school can be divided broadly into those of the Kamakura and early Muromachi periods, and those of the latter part of the Tokugawa period. In the earlier period, central attention is paid to the so-called "Shinto Pentateuch" (Shintō gobusho) upon which the Watarai priests primarily relied. These five works include (1) Amaterashimasu Ise nisho Kōtai Jingū gochinza shidaiki, (aka Awarawa-ki, Shinki daini); (2) Ise nisho Kōtaijin gochinza denki (aka Ōta no mikoto kunden, Shinki daiichi); (3) Toyuke Kōtaijin gochinza hongi (aka Asukaki, Jōdai hongi); (4) Zō Ise nisho Daijingū hōki hongi; and (5) Yamatohime no mikoto seiki (aka Daijingū hongi, pt. 2).
Of these five works, the Gochinza shidaiki, Denki, and Gochinza hongi were revered by Ise priests themselves as the "Three Books of the Grand Shrine," and they were held to be "tabooed scriptures" not to be viewed by anyone below sixty years of age. An additional seven works including the Tenku no kotogaki (Recordings of the Voice of Heaven) and Korō kujitsuden (Oral Transmissions from the Ancients) were added to compose what were called the "Twelve books of Shinto," a collection considered so important that it was not to be taken across the river Miyakawa, viewed as the border to the sacred precincts of Ise.

[link to eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp]

It would be impertanent to say why I think this is, but I do have a theory, which may or not be true. It is intersting that there was so much tension betgween the Watarai Priests and the Inner shrine Priests. It is interesting how much dislike the Inner shrine priests disliked Buddhism (even as they seem to have hungered for its secret texts which were also not supposed to be carried into Ise.) I think the tabooing and secrecy may be due to a reason that can be discerned by pondering these matters at some length.


The Ise forces must have felt quite may powers against them; the Watarai priests, the Ryobu-Shinto trends, then later the Yoshida Shintoists and so forth. It is a shame I no longer have my copy of Leaves tossed by Stormy Streams
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Re: Three Secret Ise Texts were heavily tabooed and it was forbidden for anyone under age 60 to read them. How extraordinary.
interesting-are there any rumors as to what is in the texts?
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Re: Three Secret Ise Texts were heavily tabooed and it was forbidden for anyone under age 60 to read them. How extraordinary.
interesting-are there any rumors as to what is in the texts?
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I think a lot of them were geneologies or old records of things that happened in the BC era, etc.

The current academic theories are that they are attempts to debunk creeping power of Buddhists around the Emperor at the time by stressing the "purity" of Shinto.

But who knows? A lot of strange things got written back then.

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