Torii – the gate to the spirit world in Japan

Torii usually are built at the entrance of the Shinto shrine, a symbol of the transition between the divine and the world of the gods – a culture you should explore when traveling to Japan.

Torii was the work of a Japanese tradition, is often found at the entrance to Shinto shrine-Shinto (in Japanese called Sandō). It is considered the symbol of the transition between the divine and the spirit world. The simple, Red Gate as this wooden building winning lipstick or stone. But today, the Japanese have been replaced by stainless steel and concrete, with other materials to increase the sustainable level for the process. Ancient documents record that the sacred Portal Torii first appeared in Japan in the year 922, however its true origin remains a mystery yet has the answer.

There are many different theories about the birth of the Torii gate. There are suggestions that Torii of Japan derives from the Torana gates built-in Hindu temples in India. First, they are used by the Buddhists then entered Japan. Meanwhile, other studies back tilt on the theory that new China is the true origins of the Torii. This is said because the port is very similar to welcome Portal Torii (Pailou) in China in the shape, color and location of the place at the sacred place to mark the boundary. The Temple of the god Inari Sandō is very popular in Japan and usually have the entrance is formed by hundreds of the Torii gate erected san. Most of which was donated by the family of a trader in gratitude to God has helped their business goes well, smoothly. In particular, in Fushimi in Kyoto Inaritaisha Temple is also the entrance built by thousands of Torii gates. On this port are recorded each time and they are the name of the donor.

The Torii gate is famous for in Japan is Itsukushima-Shrine situated on the sacred island of Miyajima in the city of Hatsukaichi. This complex was put on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Not only are considered national treasures, the Torii gate image before mountains of Misen is also one of the three most attractive tourist spots of Japan besides Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay.

The gate was built in 593 and in 1168 and renovating, bring the present shape since 1875. This Torii Gates 16 m high, made of camphor wood screened very carefully and thoroughly. When the tide rises, the sacred boundary of the port as is emerging on the surface of the water. The Japanese believe that if put the coin into the crack at the foot of the gate and pray their wish will come true. In addition, people here still have customary picked up the jellyfish clinging to the foot of the port with the desire to bring good luck for themselves and relatives.

The sacred Portal Itsukushima was built dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto-the Shinto gods of the sea and wind storms. , The entire island is considered to be sacred places should be no civilians would be allowed to set foot on it. Therefore, the Torii was erected on water to give the pilgrims go through before on the island. It is thought that by doing so, the civilians were allowed to step into the spiritual realms of the gods without being punished. In addition, to keep its purity for the temple, since 1878, all cases of death or childbirth around this area are prohibited. Even pregnant women coming on to ailing elderly sinks and forestry are also not allowed to come here.


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