The workers at this stand maintain a table of offerings.
A container which is used to burn offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
A man burns offerings in a No-Parking zone.
On one's left as one walks along the path just inside the Nio gate at Muroji, is a small pond with lilly pads and koi .
Thorp Collection, Temple - Bridge - Southern Anhui. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this collection.
People leave offerings for the spirits during the Hungry Ghost Festival along public sidewalks.
A celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival sign
The spirits can visit this shopping center to obtain offerings.
This woman is adding more offerings to this collection.
The ashes of the burnt offerings are covering the grass.
The narrow tip of a conch shell is cut off to make a wind instrument. Most have a mouthpiece. Used primarily in religious ceremonies.
Two men are setting this stage for the celebration of the Hungry Ghost festival.
Three men burn paper offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival
Fresh fruit is offered to the spirits.
This man is preparing to burn paper offerings.
A printed prayer or fortune, an omikuji , obtained at a shrine or a temple, may be tied to a line or, often, to a branch, in effect, as a prayer to the deity of the shrine or temple, seeking their aid in bringing it true. This line of such fortunes is at Muroji, a Buddhist temple in the countryside in Nara Prefecture. Although they are most commonly seen at Shinto shrines, this group is at a Buddhist temple. Keywords: omikuji , fortune see also: ecasia000035, 000059
This is a juxtapose of old and new, fast and slow. This is how one may look at Korea by seeing that there is a modern time and a historical time. Seoul, South Korea
Two red barrels that are used to burn offerings. The ash is visible on the ground around the barrels.
A classic altar for the deities
This long table contains many offerings.
This elaborate offering is placed in a public space.
For a donation of 100 yen, one may obtain a printed fortune, an omikuji . The black case contains a collection of sticks, each with a number on it. There is a small hole in the lid of the case. One would pick up the case, shake it to mix up the sticks, then turn the case upside down and shake one stick out through the hole in the lid. The number on that stick would direct one to one of the numbered drawers in the cabinet next to the table, where one would find one's fortune. A good fortune may be tied to a line, in effect, as a prayer to the deity of the shrine or temple, seeking their aid in bringing the fortune true. Very commonly seen at shrines, this particular cabinet is at Muroji, a Buddhist temple. Keywords: omikuji see also: ecasia000037
Thorp Collection, Earthgod Shrine, Antiwei. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072.
David Weddle, Colorado College professor of religion, presents his book on miracles. The work examines the enduring interest in miracle stories in five world religions from tales of flying yogis and rebbes with healing power to levitating bodhisattvas, miracle-working saints, and disappearing Sufi masters. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded November 9, 2010.
This table outside is set with food for spirits.