Friday, October 14, 2016

Shohachimangu Shrine

Shohachimangu is a very popular shrine located right in the middle of downtown Yukuhashi.

When I visited all the lanterns and banners were still up from the new year, the most popular time at any shrine.

Marked with 4 bamboos connected by shimenawa, this is a temporary sacred space wherein last years ofuda and other lucky charms would have been ritually burned. Mos people purchase new ofuda and amulets etc each new year.

It is not a great distance from here to the original Hachiman shrine at Usa, and before hachiman spread to central Japan it had many shrines across Kyushu. I was unable to find out which kami were enshrined in the various secondary shrines in the grounds.


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