Monday, July 29, 2013

The bell tolls

A woman making a prayer / offering at Kiyomizudera. in Kyoto.

Some temples are associated with a shrine. It often happens with Shingon and Tendai temples, especially. In this case, there will be some kind of bell with a long rope hanging from the ceiling in front of the altar. When this is the case, you can throw money in the collection box (anything from 10 Yen to 500 Yen will do) and then ring the bell.

After ringing the bell, clap your hands twice, bow once and pray silently.

Clapping is, in Japanese Shinto, the original sound that separated the elements to form the world. It is used to attract the attention of the gods.

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