May 16, 2017

Matchmaking Votive Tablets

Kataoka-sha, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
上賀茂神社(京都市北区上賀茂本山)

Wooden votive tablets in the shape of the aoi leave (葵の葉), not love heart, hang in front of the shrine, on which people write prayers to the mother-god for a good marriage, children and love. This small sub-shrine is dedicated to Tamayorohime no Mikoto (玉依比売命, Princess of Tamayori), the mother of the Kamowakeikazuchi no Kami (賀茂別雷神, Thunder Prince of Kamo).

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