Glossary (Phrase list) >> Worship  manners

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  Actually, we do not necessarily take all steps.  However, we think that the brown-colored steps should be followed because many shrines and temples try to instruct these manners to all worshippers by putting posters etc.

  The followings describe generally about Japan, it's not limited to the Kamakura's case.

 

Japanese letters seen on signboards, maps etc.

:     Tera or Dera means temple.

神社: Jinja means shrine. ( Gu or Sha also mean shrine.)

 

 

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  At shrine  

 

3. Take a bow TWICE.

 

4. Toss one or some coins into the offertory box.  That is called Osaisen お賽銭.  Bill is also acceptable.

 

5. Clap your hands TWICE in front of your chest.

5. This act is to show that you are unarmed.

  

6. Pray with your hands put together (No-clasp), then take a bow ONCE after pray.

-Worship ends-

 

  When leaving, turn round at the Torii and take a bow toward the building.

 

 At temple

 

4. Toss one or some coins into the offertory box.  That is called Osaisen お賽銭.  Bill is also acceptable.

 

5. Pray with your hands put together (No hand-clap, No-clasp ), then take a bow ONCE after pray.

 

-Worship ends-

 

 When leaving, turn round at the Gate and take a bow to the building.

 

* Some shrines and temples have different steps and the most formal worship will require more steps, but the above mentioned process could be taken generally.

 

Related Page: "Temple & Shrine 寺と神社 "

 

 

 

 

 

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