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Purifying yourself is a very important step to take before making any prayers or offerings at a temple or shrine in Japan. Take a look at these simple but necessary steps how to correctly cleanse yourself.
Have you ever wondered what the water basins at the entrance of a shrine or temple are for? Let's find out!
Chozu (cleansing yourself) is the customary way to clean or purify yourself before making any prayers at shrines or temples in Japan.
The Chozuya is the large basin with special wooden dippers that is usually located at the entrance of shrines and temples. It is customary for visitors to purify themselves here before stepping on sacred grounds.
It has to be your right hand! The order is very important
Poor the water slowly over your left hand. Make sure it doesn't splash too much.
Make sure to not touch your purified left hand with your right hand as it is not purified yet. Now scoop up some water and slowly poor it over your right hand.
Fill up the dipper again if necessary. Be careful not to touch the dipper with your lips. First pour the water into your left hand, and then rinse your mouth.
Spit it out on the rocks below. Be careful not to spit it in the basin!
It is important that you leave a clean dipper for the next person.
Be careful not to drop it on the ground while you do it.
When visiting shrines or temples, it is important to follow the etiquette expressed here. This is done not only to demonstrate an interest in the culture, but also for the religious beliefs of others.
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