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Torii gates

Torii gates

Shinto shrines are typically separated from the secular spaces of daily life.

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Temizu

Temizu

In every shrine on the path to the main sanctuary, there is a water basin for visitors to rinse their hands and mouth.

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Prayer

Prayer

“Two-Two-One” Ritual

Tamagushi offerings

 

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Naorai-shrine feast-

Naorai-shrine feast-

After offering prayers or performing rites, supplicants share the rice wine and food offerings that were offered before the kami. In Shinto, people can receive the blessings of a kami in return for making such offerings of drink and food. These feasts serve the vital function of dividing sacred time from secular time. The feast marks the end of the ritual, and allows participants to relax after the concentration of the ritual.

To drink wine, known as miki, hold the wine cup in both hands, raise to your mouth and after drinking and putting the wine cup down clap once to express your thanks.

After prayer or rites, supplicants share the rice wine and food offerings that were placed before the kami.

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