- 国際文化論集 = INTERCULTURAL STUDIES (ISSN:09170219)
- no.39, pp.85-122, 2009-03-10
In 1936, the Japanese Government-General of Korea reorganized the colony's shrine system. This reorganization was carried out for two purposes: first, to promote some of the main shrines to the status of Kokuhei-shohsha (国幣小社), which ranked sixth among nationally-supported shrines; and second, to increase the overall number of shrines (神社・神祠) as a way of mobilizing Korean people to carry out the Government-General's policies. In this paper I examine principally the second of the two above-mentioned purposes, seeking to clarify the connection between the government's shrineexpansion policy and its statements about making use of Korean village rites. The enactment of the shrine-expansion policy itself will be considered in a subsequent paper.