spiritual weakening of Japan

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Ofuda(御神札)available at Ise Grand Shrine is called Jingu-taima(神宮大麻).Taima originally relates to hemp used as a drug. It has been said in Japan since ancient times that it is easy for holy spirits to stay at fibers of hemp.

  • available  入手可能な
  • originally 本来は
  • relate 関係する
  • hemp 大麻草
  • drug 麻薬
  • ancient times 古代
  • holy spirit 神霊
  • fiber 繊維

According to my spiritual reading, Shinto priests used to perform Shinto rituals summoning natural spirits to a Yorishiro(寄り代) made from fibers of hemp in ancient Shinto. Hemp is essential to Shinto rituals.

  • according to A Aによると
  • priest 神官
  • used to~ 〜したものだった
  • perform 執り行う
  • ritual 儀式
  • summon 呼び寄せる
  • essential 必要不可欠な

Interestingly, what GHQ of the U.S. occupation army did in the first place after the World War Ⅱ was to ban the cultivation and use of hemp. They also ban religious use of hemp, of course. The reason for the ban was that hemp can be a drug harmful to a human body.

  • interestingly 興味深いことに
  • occupation army 占領軍
  • in the first place まず第一に
  • the World War Ⅱ 第二次世界大戦
  • ban 禁止する
  • cultivation 栽培
  • religious 宗教的な
  • of course もちろん
  • reason 理由
  • harmful  有害な

But this is strange. Drugs like Philopon, methamphetamine, had been manufactured and sold for many years,approved by GHQ and many Japanese became addicted and disabled. They spread the artificial drug Philopon, while banning natural hemp severely.

  • strange 奇妙な
  • manufacture 製造する
  • sell 売る
  • approve 認可する
  • addicted 中毒の
  • disabled 廃人の
  • spread 広める
  • artificial  人工の
  • while ~ing 〜する一方で
  • severely 厳しく

Under its influence, Shinto in Japan gave up using hemp and substituted cotton or paper for hemp, and has been using them for ritual articles for purification to this day. Only the name Taima has existed in the name of the ritual article, Jingu-taima. Spiritually speaking, it is much more difficult for spirits to stay at fibers of paper than those of hemp.

  • influence 影響
  • give up ~ing 〜することを諦める
  • substitute 代用する
  • cotton 綿
  • ritual article 神具
  • purification お祓い
  • to this day 今日まで
  • exist 存在する
  • difficult  難しい

What on earth was the U.S. afraid of ?  They seem to have known the cause of extraordinary spiritual strength of the Japanese. I feel that the U.S. was afraid of the unknown strong spiritual energy caused by religious services with the use of hemp and wanted to seal it up. Behind a war, there seems to be a big spiritual battle, too.

  • on earth 一体全体
  • be afraid of A Aを恐れている
  • seem to have pp 〜したように思われる
  • cause 原因
  • extraordinary 尋常でない
  • spiritual strength 精神力
  • unknown 未知の
  • religious service 祭祀
  • seal A up Aを封印する
  • there seems to be A Aがあるように思われる
  • battle 攻防

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

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