- 国際文化論集 = INTERCULTURAL STUDIES (ISSN:09170219)
- no.41, pp.133-185, 2009-12-22
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-shosha (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 those two purposes. By analyzing the Government-General's principle of having one shrine in each myeon (面), I seek to clarify the process through which that policy was formed.