'Eight-roofed style'. 'Eight' is used figuratively to mean 'large' and yatsu-mune shrines usually have five- or seven-part roofs. It refers to a shrine architectural style (-zukuri) exemplified by the Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto. It is a a development of the gongen-zukuri style, with a small room (ishi-no-ma, room of stone) connecting the honden and haiden.

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  • -zukuri —     ...construction style . In a Shinto context it usually refers to the architectural style of a Shinto shrine. There are more than a dozen distinctive types of shrine architecture. The branch shrines (bunsha) of a major shrine are often built… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Gongen-zukuri —     Gongen style . A style of shrine architecture which features extensive lacquer work and ornate carvings. The main shrine buildings are laid out in the shape of an H . It is common in shrines closely associated with esoteric Buddhist centres… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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