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Devotees Cleansing Ritual

Cleansing ritual at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. At shrines, impurity is the most detested thing, so it's important to first purify oneself with the temizu water fountain. First take the scoop in your right hand, scoop some water, and purify your left hand. Then take the scoop in your left hand and purify the right hand, then return it to the right hand, pour some water into your left hand, and use it to rinse your mouth. Don't drink directly from the scoop. When spitting out the water, bend over and conceal your mouth with your hand. Finally hold the scoop vertically and use the remaining water to purify the handle of the scoop, then return it to its position for the next person. It is a Japanese custom to purify your body and soul before going before the kami.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Camera: Canon PowerShot G7 X
Copyright: © Dennis Ng