Shintō shrines: Shrine rope at Izumo Taisha


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Perhaps the largest example of a shimenawa: this is a rope, often made from last year’s rice stalks, thereby symbolising continuity and production/fertility, hung over shrine entrances or halls of worship as a sign that this is an abode of, or place of presence of, a Shinto deity or kami. This is from Izumo Taisha in Shimane prefecture.


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