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Saturday, June 5, 2010

A trip to a Shinto shrine/Синтоистский храм

Before one can enter a Shinto shrine, he/she must wash hands and mouth.
Перед тем как войти в храм, посетитель должен помыть руки и рот.



The procedure is the following: grab the ladle with your right hand, scoop some water from the fountain. Wash your left hand, grab the ladle with your left hand, wash your right hand, grab the ladle with your right hand, grab some more water from the fountain. Then pour some water from the ladle into your left hand, put that water in your mouth, spit it out. Then lift up the scoop part of the ladle so that the remaining water falls out and washes its handle. Put the ladle back in place.

Процедура омовения нижеследующая: нужно взять черпак правой рукой, зачерпнуть воды, помыть левую руку, перехватить черпак левой рукой, помыть правую руку. Зачерпнуть еще воды, налить немного воды в левую руку, прополоскать рот этой водой. Затем поднять черпак так чтоб помыть ручку и положить черпак на место.

Here is one of the many altars in the shrine. Every one of these altars are several hundred years old.

Это один из алтарей в храме. Почти все алтари были построены несколько веков назад.



Here is how one would pray in a Shinto shrine: come close to the altar, put money in a box (in the picture it is the box with four white squiggly ribbons, those ribbons designate a sacred object). Then, pull on one of the ropes to ring a bell, then bow twice (hands along one's body), clap twice, then fold hands on your chest and pray or ask for a blessing (quietly), then bow once again.

В храме молятся следующим образом: надо подойти к алтарю, бросить денежку в коробку (на фотографии это коробка с белыми угольными бумажными лентами, эти ленты означают что это место святое). Затем надо потянуть за веревку и прозвонить в колокол, поклониться дважды (руки по швам), дважды хлопнуть в ладоши, затем прижать ладони друг к другу на груди и помолиться или попросить о чем-нибудь (про себя), затем поклониться один раз.

This tree pictured below was struck with a lightning a while ago and since then has been growing with three trunks. The locals made this tree into a shrine of life, so anyone can pray in front of the tree now.

В это дерево ударила молния, но оно не погибло а продолжило расти и теперь это алтарь жизни.




More pictures of the shrine. Most of these objects are several hundred years old:

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