The Lamp-Oil Merchants of Iwashimizu Shrine: Transregional Commerce in Medieval Japan

  title={The Lamp-Oil Merchants of Iwashimizu Shrine: Transregional Commerce in Medieval Japan},
  author={Suzanne Gay},
  journal={Monumenta Nipponica},
  pages={1 - 52}
  • S. Gay
  • Published 31 July 2009
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  • Monumenta Nipponica
DURING the medieval period, a group of lamp oil dealers near Kyoto built a prosperous business niche of remarkable durability and geographic reach. Based in the community of Ôyamazaki , located on the Yodo river south of Kyoto, they started out in the Heian period as producers and purveyors of oil to the nearby Iwashimizu Hachiman shrine. As lay affiliates ( jinin or jinnin ) of the shrine, they participated in and helped finance its major festivals in return for special privileges as protected… 

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