Shimenawa: The Sacred Ropes of Japan and Their Significance in Shinto

  • Published on : 12/02/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

Shimenawa are large ropes made of rice straw or hemp commonly seen at Shinto shrines, torii gates, and sacred landmarks in Japan. They play an important role in Shinto, dividing the sacred space where gods (kami) are enshrined from the profane outside world. This article will explore the origins, types, uses, and spiritual significance of these intriguing ritual objects.


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