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Shingon Buddhism - The Kiyomori Festival - Firewalking 02

Identifier

021372

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Kiyomori Festival including a ritual in which participants walk barefoot on fire. The "Hiwatari-shiki" is sponsored by the Daisho-in Temple. It is a religious rite performed by the Shingon Sect of Buddhism.
The ceremony begins with a purification offering to the alter, and chanting of Buddhist sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air which the worshippers struggle to retrieve.
Lastly, while mountain priests blow their conch shells the arrangement of cypress branches is ignited.
After the fire burns down and only red coals remain, the head Buddhist monk, followed by the mountain monks and worshippers, walk barefoot across the coals chanting a prayer for good health and fortune.

 

The source of the experience

Shingon Buddhism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Fire walking

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

References