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カテゴリー1 3. Institutions and Administrative Practices
カテゴリー2 Modern and Contemporary
Title
Text Unranked shrines. This is a category in the Meiji shrine ranking system of shrines entirely without rank. They do not even possess the rank of sonsha (village shrines). Among all shrines, these had the absolute lowest status. Shrines of this sort were also referred to as zassha, or "assorted shrines." To such shrines, there was no disbursement of support for annual offerings; there was no tax relief either. At the end of the war, there were some 59,997 unranked shrines, which was about half of the total number of shrines in the land.
     See Kindai Shakaku Seido (The Modern Shrine Ranking System).
— Inoue Nobutaka
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