Saturday, November 13, 2010
Baby Daruma doll leaning on Papa Daruma in flames at Futaarayama Shrine.
Here is why we burn Daruma dolls
Daruma doll is a Japanese doll that represents the founder (or transmitter) of Zen school of Buddhism, Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma is depicted as wearing red cloth while performing zen - he sits down with his eyes closed.
In Japan we have a custom to buy a Daruma doll when you are planning to accomplish something. When you make a wish, you paint the left eye of the doll. When your mission is completed, you paint the remaining eye of Daruma.
Then you are supposed to bring your daruma with both eyes “opened” back to either temple or shrine where you purchased it for an annual ritual ceremony called “Daruma Kuyo”. Monks perform a ritual ceremony to express gratitude and daruma dolls are put in a fire after the ceremony.
If you are curious about our local ceremony during which Daruma dolls are burned, please visit our post on Budget Trouble blog.
This is a Black and White Weekend and Scenic Sunday entry.