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Kris Garcia 2105198 Take Home Exam 1. Followers of Shinto have a kami-dana in their home. What is a kami-dana and what are the four essential items included in a Traditional kami-dana ? Make sure to explain each of them and not just list them. Many times additional items were added, that were not originally part of the essential four items. What were these items? Make sure to explain each of them and not just list them. - A kami-dana, or Shinto home shrine, is a spirit shelf where, it is believed, that the gods and spirits go to as a resting place. It can also be used as a sort of spiritual guide where believers go to in order to think and just become one with the universe. The four essential items included in a traditional kami-dana are water, salt, a bowl of rice and a mirror. Each of these four items symbolizes something different according to this tradition. The water is used to cleanse a person before and after prayer and also it symbolizes the purification and preservation of life for the family. The salt provides luck in the future for the family, while the bowl of rice is a prayer for each member in the family to lead a healthy life. The mirror is seen as a passageway for those to enter into the human world. The other items that can also be found in a kami-dana that were not originally part of the four essential items were coins as a prayer for wealth and riches,
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course REL 2011 taught by Professor Bot during the Spring '08 term at FIU.

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