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KEEPING FAITH: OBON SEASION


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Memorials take root at temple

Families are honoring their ancestors through services and the help of "o-toba"

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2013

~~<p>The Buddhist ceremony of floating lanterns on water to light the way for ancestral spirits journeying to the afterlife is well known by Hawaii residents. Less familiar is the ritual that greets these spirits for the start of obon season.</p>
<p>The monthlong Japa&shy;nese celebration starts Monday, and Jodo Mission of Hawaii has laid out the welcome mat in the form of tall memorial sticks, which act like temporary altars where families bring flowers, incense and favorite foods for their deceased relatives. Each wooden stick, or &quot;o-toba,&quot; is &quot;like a hotel room for our ancestors&quot; during the reunion, according to Jodo's handbook.</p>
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The Buddhist ceremony of floating lanterns on water to light the way for ancestral spirits journeying to the afterlife is well known by Hawaii residents. Less familiar is the ritual that greets these spirits for the start of obon season.

The monthlong Japa­nese celebration starts Monday, and Jodo Mission of Hawaii has laid out the welcome mat in the form of tall memorial sticks, which act like temporary altars where families bring flowers, incense and favorite foods for their deceased relatives. Each wooden stick, or "o-toba," is "like a hotel room for our ancestors" during the reunion, according to Jodo's handbook. Login for more...



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