Izo Becomes the Honseki
In 1887, because followers believed Oyasama would live to a 115 years of age, they did not even have a gravesite ready when She withdrew from physical life. Leading followers gathered to discuss the matter and decided to have Oyasama’s physical remains temporarily interred at Zenpukuji, the Nakayama family’s parish temple, until they could build a cemetery dedicated to Her. Oyasama’s funeral was held on February 23 (lunar 2/1) and it has been said that 50,000 followers gathered for the ceremony.
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