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Shinto shrine, Yamagishi neighborhood in Morioka

Abstract

This is a small, local shrine on a hillside above the Yamagishi neighborhood of Morioka. -- Many of the elements seen here are common to all shrines. The two sculptures are koma inu, shrine dogs -- guardian figures. In this instance, they are foxes, indicating that this is an inari shrine, one associated with the kami of rice. Other shrines often have guardian figures that closely resemble the mythological beasts known as Chinese lions, or semi-human figures that reflect the Nio statues of Buddhist temple gates. Along with the red paint evident at this particular shrine, these are elements indicative of the merging of elements of Shinto and Buddhism. E.g., indigenous Shinto preference probably would be for unpainted wood, such as is seen at the shrine at Ise, and the red paint here is probably indicative of the influence of Chinese and Korean Buddhist architecture. -- The rice straw rope and its zig-zags of folded paper denote the place where a kami , a spirit, resides. The cloth pulls hanging down in front of the rice straw rope have bells attached at their top - one would pull on the cloth or rope pulls to produce a sound in the bells to summon the attention of the kami, in order to offer a prayer or give thanks.

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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22528
Extent
960 w x 640 h, 96 ppi