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I40 OCCULT JAPAN. �of their Augustnesses in all, standing ped- estaled respectively on precipitous points of the conventional tri-peaked mount in con- ventionally inapt attitudes. They all wore the comfortable cast of countenance and gen- erally immaculate get-up quite incompatible with ever getting up a mountain. This, of course, proved their divinity. The great god of Ontake towered commandingly on the highest peak, flanked by two lesser Shinto divinities perched on somewhat lower pin- nacles. Below these stood Fudo-sama — a conglomerate god from nobody knows ex- actly where, popularly worshiped as the god of fire, which it is certain he was not, but possessing, however, for some inscrutable cause a certain lien on the land. He, too, was flanked by two companions on suitable inferior vantage points. These peopled the mid-heaven of ascent. Still lower down came three canonized saints of Ryobu, the men who had opened the mountain by first suc- ceeding in getting to the top ; for which feat they were now rewarded by being placed humbly at the bottom. The relative posi- tions of the three classes of gods is worth notice, for such is their invariable ranking ��� �