Monday, February 20, 2017

(1266) Speaking of Shinto...


...here's a Shinto custom that has spread beyond the particular religion: after the funeral, a thank-you card from the family of the departed, including a small satchel with salt. The salt should be sprinkled outside your home so you can purify it and keep away the stench of death. Much like sumo wrestlers do before a bout.  

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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