Friday, February 09, 2007

Sand moulds

Kamigamo shrine, Kyoto
Two cone shape sand moulds are put in front of a building in shrine. These are believed to be points for Japanese domestic gods to descend from the heaven.The gods prefer higher places and are said to move down from the sky to mountains and tall trees. These moulds mean mountains and the place for gods. The moulds are made in shrine because shrine is a place for honoring the domestic gods.

The thin rope is tighten in front of the moulds and the inside means the holy place for gods. And on the top of the moulds are put small pine leaves. Pine is a symbol of long life and one of gods' favorite trees.

Location by Google Map

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