Written for: Carpe Diem #1624 Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage . . . Shinbutsu-Shugo
Kumano Sanzan combined the Shinto and Buddhist faiths into one, known as Shinbutsu-shugo (literally the convergence of Buddhism and Shinto). The notion that deities (kami) are present in all things on the earth is deeply embedded into Japanese culture from ancient times. White paper folded into the shape of lightning and hung at shrines delineate areas where kami are believed to preside.
When Buddhism arrived in Japan in the 6th century, Shinto deities were identified with the different forms of the Buddha, to create Shinbutsu-shugo.
sunlight plays with naked bodies
(C) Chèvrefeuille (our host)
Here is my attempt:
folded white paper
lightening shapes on shrines are hung
kami all around us