Friday, January 28, 2011
Shinto religion is strict and abhorrent of the status called "Kegare (穢れ)". After passing the entrance gate of a shrine, you are supposed to purify yourself at the "water ablution pavilion" named Temizuya (手水舎). With a sacred water running at the Temizuya, you wash your hands and rinse out your mouth. You can find a variety of animal statues "spitting" sacred water. Dragon is one of the common animals you can find at Temizuya since the dragon is regarded as a Suijin - water deity- (水神).
It looks a bit evil, but don't worry, the dragon will not bite your hands!
This is a Black and White Weekend, Shadow Shot Sunday #141.
Have a wonderful weekend.