Torii / 鳥居
When you approach a Shinto Shrine, you will first see a gate called Torii. It marks the boundary between the sacred area of the shrine and the secular, the outside world.
Ssangyong Torii / 双龍鳥居
Temizu-sya / 手水舎
After passing through the gate way, an approach covered with pebbles
stretch toward the sanctuary.
In somewhere along the approach, there is a structure, ablution pavilion, for hand-washing.
Purification is very important in Shinto, this is the easiest way to purify the body and mind. This is said to be " Misogi / 禊 " simplified.
Before worship, you should purify your body and soul.
① Take the ladle with your right hand,
fill it with water, and
wash your left hand.
② Pass the ladle to your left hand, wash your right hand.
③ Pass the ladle again to your right hand, pour water into your cupped left hand, and rinse your mouth with the water.
(Never touch the ladle with your mouth)
④ Wash your left hand again.
⑤ Let the rest of water flow down the handle of the ladle, place it back face down.
- Purification Procedure -
① Bow deeply twice.
② Clap your hands twice at the level of your chest, put your hands together and pray calmly.
③ Bow deeply once again.
This is a general way of worship.
One more, before you leaving here, making a slight bow becomes even more gracious manners.
- Worship Procedure -
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