Shimenawa 注連縄 at Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane, Japan: Shimenawa (enclosing rope) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion in Japan.

Shimenawa 注連縄 at Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane, Japan: Shimenawa (enclosing rope) are lengths of braided rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion in Japan.

Shimenawa 注連縄 - rice straw rope used for ritual purification in  Shinto religion, Japan

Shimenawa 注連縄 - rice straw rope used for ritual purification in Shinto religion, Japan

Religion: Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported later on.

Religion: Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported later on.

The priests of Ise Shrine, Japan: Among thousands of Shinto Shrines in Japan, Ise Shrine, located at Ise city in Mie Prefecture, is treated as the most sacred place from time immemorial. It is dedicated to the goddess of sun, also of the universe – Amaterasu-omikami. She is the major deity of the Shinto religion.

The priests of Ise Shrine, Japan: Among thousands of Shinto Shrines in Japan, Ise Shrine, located at Ise city in Mie Prefecture, is treated as the most sacred place from time immemorial. It is dedicated to the goddess of sun, also of the universe – Amaterasu-omikami. She is the major deity of the Shinto religion.

Raijin (雷神?) by Kawanabe Kyosai. Raijin is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology

Raijin (雷神?) by Kawanabe Kyosai. Raijin is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology

Tsuwano - Shimenawa (rope) is placed in a scared area according to Shinto belief.**

Tsuwano - Shimenawa (rope) is placed in a scared area according to Shinto belief.**

Amaterasu [天照], Amaterasu-ōmikami or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe.  In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu, the goddess of th

Amaterasu [天照], Amaterasu-ōmikami or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu, the goddess of th

According to noted Japanese Christianity scholar Mark Mullins, "Christianity is probably the most documented and studied minority religion in Japan" (2006: 119). The Japanese history behind this...

According to noted Japanese Christianity scholar Mark Mullins, "Christianity is probably the most documented and studied minority religion in Japan" (2006: 119). The Japanese history behind this...

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