Although people visit Shinto shrines for a variety of reasons, most wishes can be typified. Most people probably visit to pray for family safety, business prosperity, or success in school. There are some unusual shrines that list hair growth (Mikami Jinja Shrine) or relief from toothache (Ha Jinja Shrine) as a benefit, but such shrines are the exception to the rule, and ordinary shrines provide visitors with the benefits listed above. If one's family is secure, one's business is prosperous, and one's studies are in line with one's wishes, most people's wishes will be fulfilled.
However, there is a difference in the kind of blessings offered for family safety, business prosperity, and success in school. In the case of family safety and business prosperity, there is no clear standard as to whether God has granted the wish or not. It is a vague kind of blessing. On the other hand, a prayer for success in school is clear and unambiguous. In contrast, a prayer for success is clear and unambiguous, and since it cannot be smothered in smoke depending on how it is said, the gods must have a difficult time finding a place to cut corners. As I looked at the large number of ema (votive picture tablet) at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, I realized how difficult it must be for God.
|May 2023 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|OLD MAN PAPER FORTUNE SHRINE YUSHIMA|
May 9, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF