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- Katsuragi Shugendo
"Leaders of Shugendo blowing conch shells"
Katsuragi mountain peaks are on the border of Wakayama, Osaka and Nara. In this picture, Mountain priests (Gyoja) blowing conch shells are called “Sendachi” or Leaders of Shugendo.
It is said that Enno-gyoja, the founder of Shugendo, took his training in this area. There are 28 Hokekyo Sutra Mounds which Enno-gyoja buried in the grounds from south to north along Katsuragi’s ridge. The trainees of Shugendo move around the mounds, temples or huge stones. That training is called “Katsuragi Shugen” and it was designated as cultural properties. Inunakisan is one of the 28 Hokekyo Sutra Mounds.