Photo: Virtual Prayers
VIRTUAL PRAYERS: Ryoki Ono, head priest at Onoterusaki Shrine in downtown Tokyo, performed a livestream prayer in early May during a 10-day trial of an “online shrine” visiting program that allowed the public to join rituals from their homes. The shrine accepted prayer messages from worshippers, which were each printed on a virtual wooden tablet and offered to Shinto gods as a way to fend off evil spirits as well as the coronavirus.
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