Sunday, September 26, 2021

The No Name Shrine

As I was walking I saw this tiny shrine is at the end of a path or drive way. When I saw it, I tried to find it on the map, but there was nothing, so I don't know the name.

Behind the Shrine building was a tiny cemetery.


Julie Fukuda said...

That's interesting because cemeteries are usually connected to Buddhist temples. I wonder if ths\is is a temple with a side shrine.

Queeniepatch said...

The white flags say: Namu fudōmyōō
which is a god
look at this link
and change to English (in the left hand column)不動明王

In temples dedicated to Acala a rite of burning wood and cleansing the sins by fire is held. It is called 'goma'
Read the section 'Worship' and 'Homa ritual'.

It could be a private temple as there are so few graves.

Leonore Winterer said...

What a tiny shrine! It's adorable.

toki said...

Looking at the picture,I thought Pamela found “OINARI-SAN ”.
Inari-shrine.“OINARI-SAN”is nickname.
One of the denomination of the shrine.「Inari」is rice cultivation.
It enshrines the God of Japanese agriculture.It features a vermillion Torii gate and a white fox.There are “Shishi“and”Komainu”in the temple.There is a white fox at Inari-shrine,but it is not in the photo.White fox may be on business trip to help God’s work.😉

It seems that「Fudo-Myoo」is enshrined in the temple in the photo.In other words.shrines and temples are mixed.

Japan has been forming for a long time. Many Inari-shrine were built in the hope of good harvest.But later Buddhist ideas come from abroad.Some shrines have fused Buddhism with the teachings of the sect.There is a temple where shrines and temples are mixed.

Death is considered filty at the shrine.Therefore,I heard that a grave can't be built on the premises.You can see that there are graves in “temples like shrines“.where shrines and temples are mixed.

I also wonder why there is no name.But now that I can pray for things other than agriculture,I think it's familiar to my neighbors as“OINARI-SAN”.
I looked it up a long time ago,so consider all comments as my personal opinion.🙏

diamondc said...

Pamela: It is very interesting to hear about the Shrines.
Do they have information about the Shrines that you can read about, just curious.


Jeanie said...

I love this one. It's so small and intimate and simply lovely.

kiwikid said...

This is a lovely little shrine. They are all interesting to read about.

jacaranda said...

A lovely little shrine, size shouldn’t matter, one can have their faith wherever.