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Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 4-9th centuries
Date of Inscription: 2017
Location: Asia, Japan, Munakata Region, Okinoshima
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Description: Located 60 km off the western coast of Kyushu island, the island of Okinoshima is an exceptional example of the tradition of worship of a sacred island. The archaeological sites that have been preserved on the Island are virtually intact, and provide a chronological record of how the rituals performed there changed from the 4th to the 9th centuries CE. In these rituals, votive objects were deposited as offerings at different sites on the Island. Many of them are of exquisite workmanship and had been brought from overseas, providing evidence of intense exchanges between the Japanese archipelago, the Korean Peninsula and the Asian continent. Integrated within the Grand Shrine of Munakata, the island of Okinoshima is considered sacred to this day. --WHMNet's description is from WHC Site, where additional information is available. CC BY-SA 3.0.
  Okinoshima (沖ノ島 Okinoshima) is an island, part of the city of Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan. It is considered sacred land by the local Munakata Taisha. The island's population consists of a single employee of the shrine. The entire island is considered a shinto kami, and the island is off limits to women. The island covers area of 97 ha (240 acres) and has maximum elevation of 244 m (801 ft). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. CC BY-SA 3.0.
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