Customs and Rituals

What does Shinto home worship entail?

Religiously committed Japanese families still maintain regular daily home rituals centered around the kamidana, and perhaps also around the butsudan or miniature Buddhist temple. Home shrines are dedicated and put into service when family members invite a priest over to install a talisman from the local shrine on which is written the name of the kami to be honored in the home. Worshippers perform a brief purification ritual and then do before the miniature shrine much the same thing they would do at an actual shrine. These rituals, often observed morning and evening, are generally very brief, lasting perhaps three to five minutes. Some families still ritually incorporate in the evening meal food offered to the kami.


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