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.
Shugendo is an amalgam of magico-religious practices coming from Shamanism, Taoism, Shinto and Buddhism. Yamabushi, the Shugendo monks, seek spiritual growth through ascetic practices in the mountains. Fudo Myoo, Zao Gongen and Vairocana Buddha play a central role in Shugendo’s pantheon.