Himorogi

Himorogi

in Shinto terminology are sacred spaces or altars used to worship. Himorogi are usually areas demarcated with green bamboo or sakaki at the four corners supporting sacred border ropes (shimenawa). A branch of sakaki at the center is erected as a yorishiro, a physical representation of the presence of the kami, a being which is in itself incorporeal.

During the Aoi Festival in Kyoto the himorogi is a square space surrounded by green branches with an evergreen tree at the center as a yorishiro. A more elaborate himorogi can also be made with a straw mat on the ground with a ceremonial 8-legged stand on it decorated with shimenawa and sacred emblems. The etymology of the word is unclear, but it appears already in the Nihongi and in the Man'yōshū.

References

  • Sugiyama, Shigetsugu Himorogi. Encyclopedia of Shinto. Retrieved on 2008-07-18..

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