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2.3.9.2.3 Rituals of the Japanese Imperial House

2.3.9.2.3.1 Introduction

The most important rituals of Shinto are rituals of the Imperial House.
* "Imperial House Kunaicho" http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-about/genealogy/koseizu.html

2.3.9.2.3.2 Daijo-sai

Daijo-sai is the ceremony for a new emperor's accession to the throne.
It's a kind of annual Niinae-sai (Niiname-sai) harvest festivals. The first Niinae-sai of the new emperor after the accession to the throne is Daijo-sai. Niinae-sai are harvest festivals like Sukkot. Particularly in the Daijo-sai, a tentative booth is built like Sukkot. Daijo-sai is seen in Jingi-ryo of Yoro code today. (The original meaning of Sukkot is "booths" in Hebrew.)
* "Sukkot in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkot
*"'Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath- rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath- rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God'" (Lev 23:39-43).

* "Daijo-sai You Tube" http://m.youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri= http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAqrW3V01NB4&v= AqrW3V01NB4&gl=JP
* "Daijo-sai Encyclopedia of Shinto" http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=883
* "Daijo-sai Kunaicho" http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-about/seido/sokui-01.html
*According to Nihon Shoki, Taika Reform (palace coup against Buddhists in the government) was mounted by shintoists including Prince Naka-no-oo-e (later Emperor Tenji) in 645 ACE and Proclamation of Taika Reform was pronounced. Subsequently, succeeding statute, the first Japanese full-scale laws: Taiho code, was enacted in 701 and its revised statute Yoro code was enacted in 757. Taiho code doesn't exist today, while it is told almost same as Yoro code. Jingi-ryo is a part of Taiho code and Yoro code involving Shinto. Yoro code is provided by 'Nihon Shisou Taikei 3 Rituryo', Iwanami Shoten publish (literally 'edifice of Japanese thought (3) statutes') today. Chapter 6 of Yoro code is Jingi-ryo. Article 14 of Jingi-ryo is Daijo-sai.
* "Yoro code" http://www.sol.dti.ne.jp/~hiromi/kansei/yoro.html

2.3.9.2.3.3 Oo-harai (O-harae)

June 30th and December 31th are Oo-harai. Oo-harai is a ceremony to purify the people of Japan represented by the Imperial Family. Oo-harai (Oharae) was originally provided by Jingiryo. Article 18 of Jingi-ryo is Oo-harai (Oharae).
* "Ooharai Kunaicho" http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-about/kyuchu/saishi/saishi01.html
* "Oharae Encyclopedia of Shinto" http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=692
* "Jingiryo Encyclopedia of Shinto" http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=1125
According to the Hebrew calendar, July 1st is Rosh Hashanah (literally "head of the year": Jewish new year) came from Lev 23:23.
* "Rosh Hashanah in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah
*"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath- rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord"'" (Lev 23:23-25).

The Sinto prayer for Oo-harai (Oharae) is provided in "En-gi-shiki" chapter 8. The prayer in Engishiki provides some prohibitions involving Oo-harai (Oharae) such as to sow 2 kinds of seeds ("shiki-maki": 頻蒔), injuries, leprosy ("shira-hito": 白人: white man), hunchbacks ("kokumi": 胡久美), incest, bestiality,and occultism (magic) like in Leviticus and the Old Testament.
* "Ooharae Wikisource" http://ja.wikisource.org/wiki/%E5%85%AD%E6%9C%88%E6%99%A6%E5%A4%A7%E7%A5%93%E7%A5%9D%E8%A9%9E
* "Tsumi in Wikipedia" http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%A9%E3%81%A4%E7%BD%AA%E3%83%BB%E5%9B%BD%E3%81%A4%E7%BD%AA
* "Encyclopedia of Sinto" http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=1176
*Engishiki is one of detailed enforcement regulations forced in 967 ACE.
* "Engishiki Encyclopedia of Shinto" http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=1268
*"And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: 'When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean'" (Lev 13:1-3).
*"'None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord'" (Lev 18:6).
*"'Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion'" (Lev 18:23).
*"'You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you'" (Lev 19:19).
*"'You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord'" (Lev 19:28).
*"'or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch'" (Lev 21:20).
*"'When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead'" (Deu 18:9-11).

2.3.9.2.3.4 Proclamation of Taika Reform

According to Nihon Shoki, Taika Reform (palace coup against Buddhists in the government) by Shintoists including Prince Naka-no-oo-e (later Emperor Tenji) was mounted (645 CE).
The first named era by the government in Japan is Taika. The first year of Taika started July 1st of 645 CE. like in accordance with the Hebrewcalendar. The Taika government collected offerings for the Deities in the evening of July 14. (According to the Hebrew calendar, a day begins at 18 o'clock in the evening and Sukkot (July 15: Lev 23:39) starts in the evening of the seventh month (July) 14.)
The new government proclaimed the Proclamation of Taika Reform (645 CE) and it resulted in Taiho code and Yoro code.
* "Naka no Oe Nihon Shoki Wikidot" http://nihonshoki.wikidot.com/scroll-25-kotoku

2.3.9.2.3.5 Other articles of Yoro code

2.3.9.2.3.5.1 Farmland Redistribution

Capter 9 of Yoro code is farmland redistribution. Article 3 states farmland is to be redistributed in accordance with head count like Num 26:54.

2.3.9.2.3.5.2 Belonging of Servants' Children

Chapter 28 of Yoro code is escaped servants (slaves). Article 14 states children born between 2 escaped servants of 2 houses belong to the master of the female servant like Exo 21:4.

2.3.9.2.3.5.3 Interest Restriction

Chapter 30 includes the civil law. Article 19 states interest restriction like Exo 22:25, while it might be universal wisdom though.

2.3.9.2.3.6 Lion and Unicorn beside the throne

Statues of a lion and a unicorn are beside the Imperial throne in Shi-shin-den (Shi-shii-den) of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. 'Nihon Mei-Kenchiku-Shashin-Sen-Syuu 18 Kyoto-gosyo, Sentou-gosyo' (literally Japasese masterpieces of architecture photoes selection 18 Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Imperial Palace, Shincho-sha publishing) provides this photoes. The residence of the emperors had been the Kyoto Imperial Palace since 794 until 1868 CE and the Kyoto Imperial Palace is the original palace. A pair of lion statues is usual in Shinto shrines known as "komainu." However, actually one of the two is a unicorn at especially sacred place and especially sacred shrines such as beside the throne of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Shimogamo shrine Kyoto, and Kanda-myojin Tokyo.
*Shi-shin-den of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
* "Shi-shin-den"
*The lion beside the throne in Shi-shin-den
* "The Lion Beside the Throne"
*The unicorn beside the throne in Shi-shin-den
* "The Unicorn Beside the Throne"

A lion is the symbol of Judah. There were 2 lions beside the throne of Solomon, a descendant of Judah, while 12 lions can be a symbol of the 12 tribes of Israel.
*"And Jacob called his sons and said, 'Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:'" (Gen 49:1).
*"Judah is a lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?" (Gen 49:9).
*lions in Solomon temple
"The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne; there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests. Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom" (2Ch 9:18-19).
On the other hand, Moses compared Joseph and his sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to unicorns (in Septuagint, Vulgate, and King James).
*"And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death" (Deu 33:1, KJV).
*"And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh" (Deu 33:13-17, KJV).
* "Septuagint in English" http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/
* "English Translations of Septuagint" texthttp://www.kalvesmaki.com/lxx/texts.htm
In addition to that, these contexts are associated with the prophecy of Ezekiel.
"'And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, "Will you not show us what you mean by these?" say to them, "Thus says the Lord God: 'Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand. And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.'" Then say to them, "Thus says the Lord God: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again' "'" (Eze 37:18-22).

In addition, a pair of a lion and a unicorn is the heraldic emblem of the Rothschild family supposedly from Vulgate or King James used in Westetn Christianity.






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