Sunday, March 18, 2018

Deity Presents Itself

A  L  O  H  A !
 Across the Nu`uanu Canal 
in Honolulu's Chinatown, 
you will discover 
Mission Of Hawaii since 1906. 

 Entering the sacred and magical precincts 
"Sacred places are typically marked 
with a shimenawa (special plaited rope).
Shimenawa mark the boundary 
between the sacred and the profane. 
They keep impurities out and 
purify the space within.

 Shishi 獅子  or Koma-inu 

"If we keep un-perverted 
the human heart
—which is like unto heaven 
and received from the earth—
that is God."

Shake the rope -ring the bell
That is a big wide Shimenawa
rope at the top!

John Wayne filmed a scene for
'Big Jim McClain' here in 1952.

"Even the wishes of an 
ant reach to heaven."

Let There Be Light

"The best and surest way 
to be one with the 
divine is sincerity."

Shinto paper lightening bolts
bring down the natural 
energies from Heaven.

Mundane tools to
maintain the sacred.
Note the SAKE case
and brooms.
Sake is used in ceremonies.

Back when this area was
Honolulu's Japantown,
the TOYO Theater echoed
the architecture of the Shrine
just up the block

'Still' from Big Jim McLain filmed at the Mission

"Even in one single leaf on a tree, 
or in one blade of grass,
 the awesome Deity presents itself."


Thank YOU
               Fondly, cloudia


Elephant's Child said...

What an amazing place.

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't that interesting!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Cloudia said...

One of my favorite places. Honolulu has the only Shinto temples between Japan and Chicago! I love you both ;)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what an interesting place. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Duckbutt said...

This post is really educational. Thanks!

Teresa said...

Cool post! Happy Sunday to you.

Cloudia said...

So happy to see you 3! Thanks for hanging

Mike said...

Next time trump is in FL we need to put a shimenawa around the White House.

William Kendall said...

The lion-dog is quite a sight to see!

Cloudia said...

Thanks guys

Sumandebray said...

Little by little we learn a bit more about your city... thanks for that