Mamamori Research Papers

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The Maneke Neko or Lucky Cat the universal beckoning cat who is used as a good luck charm in which she will bring prosperity. The Cat is scattered throughout Japan and is found in many homes and businesses. In each different colour the Cat is presented in, the colour adds additional meanings towards the already lucky Cat. Black protect against evil, red protects from spirits or illness and a few modern versions include gold for money, pink for love and more.

Omamori (blessed protector)

Omamori are ordinarily small, folded paper or fabric packets, however some of them can become complex as they are made of fancier materials including wood, bone, or metals. These are amulets in which you receive one through an exchange for a donation to a Shinto temples. A typical Omamori is made with the name of the originating temple on the front and a charm on the back. The charms represent many things for example: prosperity, health,
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The Torii gate symbolises holy ground as well as marking the boundary between the physical and the spiritual world where it is a located in front of a Shinto shrine. The gate is the only visible indication that someone is entering a religious shrine. Traditionally created the Torii Gate is constructed only using three pieces as it is the sacred number of Kami. Due to three being a sacred number of the Kami when entering a shrine, one will clap and bow three times in order for them to summon the spirits before offerings are made and rituals performed.

Jizo, (Ksitigarbha)
Jizo is perceived throughout Asia as a childlike monk and is conspicuously idealised in Japan as he is a symbol of protection of the souls of children and the unborn. Jizo is an aid where others obtain awareness of an issue they find important. Jizo figures are commonly seen all over Japan along roadsides and paths where they are accompanied by caps, bibs, flowers and stones symbolising an offering to help reduce the suffering of
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