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(Language:  Japanese)
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Short Description: Japanese Buddhist mountain ascetics.
Long Description: Japanese Buddhist ascetics who lived in the mountains. They cultivated spiritual power for healings and exorcisms, and worked among the village people. In current usage, the term generally refers to those who follow Shugendō, an ascetic religion that incorporates elements of Shinto, Buddhism, and animism.
Source(s): The Essential Shinran: A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms