Canusis, an order of monks or secular priests in Japan, who officiate in the mias or temples. Their support is derived partly from pensions, but chiefly from the voluntary contributions of the devotees. As a badge of their office, they wear either a white or a yellow robe over their ordinary dress, also a boat- shaped cap, tied under the chin with silken strings. Upon this cap are tassels with fringes to them, which are longer or shorter according to the rank of the person who wears it. In spiritual matters the canusis are subordinate to the Dairi, and in temporal affairs they are subject, like the other ecclesiastics, to the spiritual judge of the temple, who is appointed by the secular monarch. The superiors of the Canusis are remarkable for their pride, and contempt towards the common people.

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