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Mount Nantai San

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Kanto, Japan.

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The sacred places and pilgrimage traditions of Japan have been conditioned by geographical features as much as by religious and cultural factors. Over 80% of the Japanese countryside is hilly or mountainous terrain. This physical condition gave birth in ancient times to a unique and enduring tradition of religious beliefs and practices focused on mountains. While never systematized, this tradition was so wide spread that Japanese scholars have termed it Sangaku Shinko, meaning 'mountain beliefs' or 'mountain creed'.

Soaring above beautiful lake Chuzenji and the ancient temple town of Nikko is the sacred mountain of Nantai San. Also known as Kurokiyama and Futaarasan, the 2484 meter peak has been a place of Shinto pilgrimage since at least the 4th century AD. Local legends tell of a powerful mountain spirit that assisted hermits and monks in spiritual realization, and by the 8th century Nantai San was a favored site for Buddhist practitioners on solitary retreats. The author spent some days living upon the mountain top. Besides finding the place highly conducive for the practice of meditation, I received visionary information which indicated that Nantai San had an energy field that would "awaken and stimulate the capacity of human creativity". This particular energy field is highly concentrated during the time of August 1-7 when many thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain starting from behind the Chugushi shrine in Nikko.

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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