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Ceremony of ground-breaking (Shinto's jichin-sai)

Ceremony of ground-breaking (Shinto's jichin-sai)

Most times commercial or residential construction projects include a "ground calming ceremony" (jichin-sai) that is led by a Shinto officiant. However, sometimes a Buddhist priest will offer a similar service for the property owner. The earliest incidence probably goes back to the time of tumuli builders (kofun period, 300-600 C.E.), if not earlier. It continues today.

February 1985 from 35 mm slides scanned in 12/2018.
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Photo taken on 9 December 2018 (© anthroview / Flickr)

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