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20131013 18 Kyoto - Gion | by Sjaak Kempe
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20131013 18 Kyoto - Gion

Yasui Konpira-gu has become especially popular among young Japanese women who flock to the shrine to perform a ritual of crawling through a hole in a large ema-shaped stone, known as the enkiri or enmusubi stone.

 

The ritual is performed to pray for breaking off bad relationships and initiating good ones. Supplicants write down their wishes on a white, paper amulet (katashiro), crawl through the hole in the stone, then back through again before pinning their amulet on the megalith along with the thousands of others covering it.

 

Performing this ritual can break up or initiate not just human relationships but also end disease or other harmful associations.

 

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Taken on October 13, 2013