May 28, 2015

Another shrine

 I left the previous shrine and started walking again, but in few minutes found another. This open structure with a concrete floor is quite unusual. The sign in front was completely illegible due to weathering. The vertical red and white object in the center is a rope that connects to a bell. You ring the bell before offering prays to the enshrined god. The bell notifies the god that you are there. Apparently Shinto gods like to do things so they may be busy when you arrived. The gods also like to tour the area in which they live and that is the purpose of many of the festivals. The object representing the god is placed in some sort of vehicle, wheeled or carried, and taken around the area so that he or she or it may see the current conditions.
This is the main shrine structure on the same ground as the above.

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