Lost Spirits Gather around Things with a Human Form

麻賀田神社

Spirits who have obsession with this World of Reality and as the result are unable to go to the other world will wander in this world with their consciousness of the moment they died being fixed. Spirits unaware of their death seem to repeat the work or task they often did before they died. All they did before they died was recorded on something like an electromagnetic tape and it is played over and over like an endless loop.

  • obsession  執着心
  • wander 彷徨う
  • consciousness 意識
  • fix 固定する
  • unaware 気がついていない
  • record 記録する

Also, spirits who died in pain and linger in this world will keep suffering from the pain. In this case, the object such spirits in agony try to depend on is a living human being who is not well protected by his/her ancestral spirits. But if they fail to possess a human, it is likely that they possess a doll with a human form because the more spirits suffer the pain, the more difficult it is for them to move. Or if they happen to see a statute of Buddha, they are likely to gather around it, thinking that they can be saved by staying near the statue.

  • pain 痛み
  • linger いつまでも残っている
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • object 対象
  • fail to~  〜することができない
  • statue 像
  • save 救う

Sometimes there is a rich family who has a big statue of Kannon(観音) in the garden. I don’t know the reason why they own it but it is likely that they will have their business go bankrupt or their family line will be extinguished in another generation or two. This is because lost spirits asking for help gather around the house. If such a family has not true faith in Kannon but just dependency on it and doesn’t take care of it, no good things will happen to them.

  • go bankrupt 破産する
  • extinguish 断つ
  • generation 世代
  • true faith 真の信仰
  • dependency 依存心

Lost spirits are a mass of coarse spiritual magnetism. Because of its coarse magnetic vibration, you could hear cacophony like electric noise burst. It is easy for such spirits to possess things with a human form such as a doll or a statute of Buddha, whereas it is physically difficult for them to possess something like an amulet made from paper like Ofuda(お札, a type of amulet sold at Shinto shrines) because of their coarse magnetic vibration. It is only spiritual beings with more subtle magnetic vibration who can come close to something sacred.

  • mass 塊
  • coarse  粗い
  • cacophony 不快な音
  • noise burst ザーッという音
  • form  形
  • whereas 一方
  • subtle 精妙な
  • sacred 神聖な

By the way, every time I visit Ise Grand Shrine, I buy Kenbarai-fuda(剣祓札), which is the most inexpensive of all kinds of shinto-amulets. Whenever I see the Ofuda, I feel admiration for the fact that a Yorishiro(寄り代), a kind of medium for spirits to stay at temporarily,  is coiled around the end of the thin wooden stick of the Ofuda in the traditional way. A spiritually very practical contrivance has been succeeded since ancient times. This kind of Ofuda may be available only at Ise Grand Shrine. Yes. This shrine is outstanding.

  • every time S+V SがVするたびに
  • admiration 感心
  • coil  巻く
  • contrivance 仕掛け
  • succeed 継承する
  • available 入手可能な
  • outstanding 別格な

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

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

Thank you so much for keeping me/us alive.

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