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a god of the sea - Henro pilgrimage

Shodoshima Island JAPAN 17-January-2024

In the early, cold morning, as I walked a bit of the pilgrimage and arrived at the temple on the mountain top, I encountered two elderly people. "The deity here is a god of the sea," they told me. Descending a bit, I found many Jizo statues at the base of the temple. Ropes used by fishermen were wrapped around the boundary stones among the Jizo statues.

Is it a wish for a safe return, or a thought for the departed companions?

« ここの神様は海の神様なんだよ »と教えてくれた。



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