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Kalihi shrine hosts annual pet blessing

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2014

~~<p>People of all faiths are welcome to bring their pets to the annual Chinowa Blessing for People and Pets on June 1 at the Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha -- Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine in Kalihi.</p>
<p>Irene Takizawa, director of the Shinto shrine, said in a news release, &quot;In ancient Japan, animals (were) ... often thought of as spirit messengers of the deities, and certain animals were associated with certain kami.&quot; &quot;Kami&quot; are the spirits or phenomena -- often nature and animals -- worshipped in the Shinto faith. For example, the fox is associated with Inari shrines, and the dove with Hachiman shrines.</p>
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People of all faiths are welcome to bring their pets to the annual Chinowa Blessing for People and Pets on June 1 at the Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha -- Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine in Kalihi.

Irene Takizawa, director of the Shinto shrine, said in a news release, "In ancient Japan, animals (were) ... often thought of as spirit messengers of the deities, and certain animals were associated with certain kami." "Kami" are the spirits or phenomena -- often nature and animals -- worshipped in the Shinto faith. For example, the fox is associated with Inari shrines, and the dove with Hachiman shrines. Login for more...



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