Heiden (Shinto)

A heiden (幣殿 offertory hall) is the part within a Shinto shrine's compound used to house offerings. It normally consists of a connecting section linking the honden (sanctuary, closed to the public) to the haiden (oratory).[1] If the shrine is built in the Ishi-no-ma-zukuri style,[2] its stone pavement is lower than the floor of the other two rooms, and it is called ishi-no-ma (石の間 stone room), hence the name.[3] It can also be called chūden (中殿) or in other ways, and its position can sometimes vary. In spite of its name, nowadays it is used mostly for rituals.


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  1. Heiden, JAANUS, accessed on November 17, 2009
  2. Also called Gongen-zukuri
  3. Heiden, Encyclopedia of Shinto, accessed on November 17, 2009

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