2015/06/08

Pilgrimages in Japan

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Pilgrimages in Japan
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Pilgrimages to a certain number of temples related to a deity are very popular in Japan.

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RESOURCE GUIDE - JAPANESE PILGRIMS & PILGRIMAGES
In Japan, pilgrimages can be classified into two general types:
(1) multi-site circuits and (2) single-site pilgrimages.
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Sites Sacred to Kannon Bosatsu in Kamakura
Sites Sacred to Kannon Bosatsu Nationwide
Sites Sacred to Jizō Bosatsu in Kamakura
Sites Sacred to Seven Lucky Deities in Kamakura
Sites Sacred to Amida Nyorai in Kamakura

Mark Schumacher also introduces the equipment for a pilgrim, from the stamp book to the robes, hat and walking stick.
- source : Mark Schumacher

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- - - - - Pilgrimages to Buddhist Deities

Amida Reijo 阿弥陀霊場
- source : http://nippon-reijo.jimdo.com -

. Fudo Myo-O Junrei 不動明王巡礼 - Introduction .

. Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩 - Introduction .

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 . *

. Shichifukujin 七福神 Seven Deities of Good Luck .

. Yakushi Nyorai Pilgrimages 薬師如来霊場 - Introduction .


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. Shikoku Henro 四国お遍路さん Pilgrims in Shikoku .
Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海
Pilgrimage to 88 temples in honor of Kobo Daishi Kukai


. Zenko-Ji mairi 善光寺参り - Nagano .


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Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage
Michael Pye



Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage
explores the ritual practice of “circulatory pilgrimages” – the visiting of many temples in a numbered sequence. Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims travel such temple routes, seeking peace of mind, health and wellbeing for themselves and others as the benefits of such meritorious endeavour. This form of pilgrimage appears to be unique to Japan. The practice began centuries ago and involved visiting 33 temples devoted to the Bodhisattva Kannon, spread widely over western Japan. Soon afterwards the equally famous pilgrimage to 88 temples on Japan’s fourth island of Shikoku came into prominence.

This is the first comprehensive study of all the major and many of the minor routes, The book also examines how the practice of circulatory pilgrimage developed among the shrines and temples for the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, and beyond them to the rather different world of Shintō. The varying significance of the different pilgrimages is also explored. In addition to all the information about the routes, the book includes numerous illustrations and examples of the short Buddhist texts chanted by the pilgrims on their rounds.
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- - - - - mairi 参り  is usually a pilgrimage to a Shinto shrine.

. Pilgrimage to Kyoto shrines (Kyoo mairi 京参り ) .

Ise Shrine Pilgrimage, O-Ise-Mairi, Ise Mairi 伊勢参り
O-kage mairi お陰参り "Thanks pilgrimages" or "blessing pilgrimages,"
nuke mairi 抜参(ぬけまいり)

Konpira Shrine Pilgrimage, Konpira Mairi 琴平参り


Shinbutsu 神仏霊場
- source : http://nippon-reijo.jimdo.com -

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. Pilgrimage to 22 famous Shrines 名神大社二十二社参拝 .
The shrines are located in Kyoto, Nara, Mie and Osaka.


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Reference

ニッポンの霊場へようこそ - all pilgrimages of Japan
- source : nippon-reijo.jimdo.com -

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .

. Japan - Shrines and Temples - ABC .


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