Saitō Goma is a Shugendō fire ritual. The Yamabushi prepare a structure made of logs and cover it with green branches. Through a series of actions and prayers, the Yamabushi invoke Fudō Myōō to burn away defilements and to solicit blessings.
Month: July 2018
When I visited the Ruriji temple, a series of paintings depicting the passage of souls after death was being exhibited. One of the images showed O-Jizō-san and the souls of children by the Sai beach on the Sanzu river. In the book “Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan” (1894), Lafcadio Hearn reproduces the story of O-Jizō-san and the souls of childen….