Kanji: 宮. Radical: 宀. Number of strokes: 10. Meaning: “ Shinto shrine”. Pronunciation: キュウ、グウ、(ク)、みやkyū, gū, (ku), miya.

Dia de Muertos – Facilitating the return of the souls…

"... Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favourite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities.

The Day of the Dead celebration holds great significance in the life of Mexico’s indigenous communities. The fusion of pre-Hispanic religious rites and Catholic feasts brings together two universes, one marked by indigenous belief systems, the other by worldviews introduced by the Europeans in the sixteenth century." (source: ich.unesco.org)



To honour the nats နတ် , there is a nat sin နတ်စင်, a shrine and kind of altar dedicated to them. (Burmese lg, Burmese wr)

Pour honorer les nats နတ်, il y a un nat sin နတ် စင်, un sanctuaire et une sorte d'autel qui leur est dédié.

What is a piece of furniture? How to define it? From a bench on a village square to the service of a bourgeois dining room, from the comfort of a heated kotatsu to the relaxation of a rocking chair, how did furniture take its place in homes? How have they been renewed through the ages? Who made it? With what materials? What about modernity? ... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce qu’un meuble ? Comment le définir ? Du banc posé sur la place d’un village à la desserte d’une salle-à-manger bourgeoise, du confort d’un kotatsu chauffant à la détente d’un rocking chair, comment les meubles ont-ils pris toute leur place dans les logements ? Comment se sont-ils renouvelés à travers les âges ? Qui en a assuré la fabrication ? Avec quels matériaux ? Qu’en est-il de la modernité ? ... (à compléter)

Yayoi Matsuri

Yayoi Matsuri

For 1,200 years the city of Nikko 日光
Beckons the spring
With Yayoi Matsuri 弥生祭
Held in Futarasan-jinja 二荒山神社
As a fleet of portable shrines (神輿 mikoshi)
Each of them representing a district
Are decorated in artificial cherry blossoms

Kasuga Grand Shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine 春日大社 Kasuga-taisha
A Shinto shrine in Nara
Tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara
Established in 768 CE

Through the deer park
Bronze and stone lanterns
Donated by worshipers
Lit twice a year during two Lantern Festivals
Such a magnificent moment…



Kotohira-gû 金刀比羅宮
A Shinto shrine
Also known as Konpira-dai-gongen 金比羅大権現 or Konpira-san
Patron of sea ship transport and sailors

Famous for its 1368 steps
Up to the inner shrine

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