Saturday, August 1, 2009

神主 お祓い 

At 5:30pm on Saturday(土曜日), August 8th(8月8日), a shinto priest, 神主, will perform an ancient ritual at our house build called an "oharai" (お祓い).  This tradition is not always performed these days, but we are looking forward to the combination of protecting our new home from evil spirits, while, at the same time, inviting in happiness with our owl friends. "This image is isually attributed to Kimbei Kusakabe, but highly respected author and dealer Terry Bennett attributes the image to Adolfo Farsari."em>

5 comments:

Norman Delaney said...

WAY COOL.
Getting it right, right down to the last detail.
Rock on Toby!

b.m.t. said...

thanks snowman.

Norman Delaney said...

Oh, by the way,...
August 9 is a Sunday.
Is the Oharai going to be on Saturday or Sunday?

b.m.t. said...

Good catch!! Saturday! I've adjusted the date on the blog!! Thank you!!

b.m.t. said...

an interesting read on purification and shintoism: http://www.helium.com/items/1467385-the-importance-of-purification-in-shintoism