Monday, April 4, 2016

Some monkeys at Koshinsha


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The popular form of Koshin worship is now associated with the famous three monkeys and also with Sarutahiko. Statues of monkeys are therefore often found at Koshin sites.

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At the Koshinsha in Nogata there were dozens and dozens of them, though my favorite must be the one in the first photo. A very happy monkey.

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The eclectic collections of statues and dolls left by devotees at sacred sites popular in what is called "folk" religion around Japan intrigue me.

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The figure below, a monkey carrying a gohei. a purification wand, is something I have seen a few times before.

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