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Yengishiki (often spelled Engishiki or Engi-shiki), a document whose title is generally translated as some variation of “The Ordinances of Engi” or “The Procedures of the Engi Era,” is in part a Shinto text compiled during the reign of the Japanese emperor Daigo, who ruled from 897 to 930. One of the emperor’s ministers, Fujiwara no Tokihira, began compiling the text in 905. After the minister’s death in 909, the text was completed by his brother, Fujiwara no Tadahira, in 927. The ordinances...