December 06, 2009

Do you choose a shrine?

Do you know what deity the shrine is dedicated to
when you visit a shrine?
In Shinto, there are eight million gods and goddesses. And each of them has each specialty. If you have a very special wish which must be granted, examine their specialty carefully and choose the right one. It is more effective to make your wish come true than offering a lot of おさい銭 money.

Look at these votive tablets in the shape of a heart. Can you guess what kind of specialty they have? Here enshrined are a couple deities of matchmaking. They are believed to bring people together. Why don’t you come here to write a votive tablet, if you want to have a good partner! This shrine is to the south of Wakamiya Shrine in Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Originally this building where the couple deities are enshrined was a kitchen to prepare food for a god. That’s why on the roof top is an elevated window which was used as the smoke outlet.

6 comments:

  1. I am afraid I don't have to play for my marriage! But I visited the Temizuya (kitchen Shrine) in Wakamiya shrine many times,three of them were for my childen and will have to visit there five times for my grandchildren!

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  2. to lily,
    Oh,you are a great mother and grandmother!
    Did you write votive tablets?
    I went to Kasuga Shrine to get a charm of safety travel for may friend when she was going to live in Canada.

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  3. I should've gone and pray much earlier for my elder daughter! Though I know she'd say "leave me alone"

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  4. Hi! snowwhite, I made a mistake so let me correct it, the first line, from play to pray.

    I didn't write votive tablets for my children,
    just threw money into an offering box and prayed for them.

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  5. to cosmos
    My son also would say the same word "Leave me alone!" That is the exactly same word I had said to my parents. History repeats itself!

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  6. to lily
    It's nothing. I wrote may friend instead of my friend. Votive tables are written not only in Japanese but also in other languages such as English, French, Chinses etc etc.

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