Sunday, June 21, 2009

Shintoism and the Water Torii

Though we've been back from Japan for over a month, the pictures provide blog material for much longer. Today we explore Shintoism, Japan's religion, which involves photogenic shrines. The best one of these is the Sea Torii near Hiroshima, shown above with its friendly local deer and pagoda, because Barb painted me a picture of that one. Below is the Golden pavilion, along with several other pavilions or shrines whose names long elude me.
Rope, along with nature, is important in Shintoism. The picture below shows rope made with human hair in the construction or operation of one temple. Imagine how much baldness was caused.
There are numerous deities involved in Shintoism, including the God of Bows and Arrows shown below.