|KEY WORD : architecture / shrines|
called chinjisai 鎮地祭; jisai 地祭, jiiwai 地祝, tsuchimatsuri 土祭 or tokoshizume-no-matsuri とこしずめのまつり. The ceremony performed before
the ground breaking of a new building. In the Edo period, the ceremony was
the responsibility of the carpenters. But today, it is performed by Shinto
priests who pray for the safety of the workmen and to appease the gods who
may be disturbed by the construction. Bamboo branches, joined by sacred
rope, shimenawa 注連縄, are placed at each of the four sides of the
building site. A special evergreen branch *himorogi
神籬, surrounded by a simple enclosure, is placed on a stand with eight legs
beneath which coarse straw is spread. This arrangement faces south.
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