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Procedure for Worshipping

Temizu(Purification)

When you visit a Shinto shrine, the first thing to do is to wash your hands and mouth at a purification font, a stone or wooden water reservoir. Clean water is believed to remove impurity. This process is a simplified version of full body bathing.

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Worshipping at a shrine

Now you are pure and clean to stand in front of the deities. At the hall of worship, please worship with sincerity.

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Tamagushi Hoten(Offering a Ritual Branch)

Tamagushi is a "sakaki" branch with "shide", a zigzagged white stripe of paper. In the official manner of worshipping, tamagushi is dedicated to the deity.

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