Great Affinity between Easter Island and Tamaki Shrine

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The other day, I saw a TV program introducing Moai statues as a World Heritage site. A footage of the place considered to have been the one for worshipping ancestral spirits was broadcast for a moment, when a magnificent drama came into my head. The drama was linked to a certain sacred place in Japan where an object of worship lies.

  • the other day 先日
  • Moai statue モアイ像
  • World Hetitage site 世界遺産
  • broadcast 放送する
  • maginifecent 壮大な
  • sacred 神聖な

At the place on Easter Island, there are large round stones buried half in the ground in close formation, where festivals for worshipping ancestral spirits are considered to have been held. There is a place that really looks like it at Tamaki shrine(玉置神社) at Totsukawamura(十津川村) of Nara prefecture.

  • bury 埋める
  • consider 考える
  • prefecture 県

When I visited Tamaki shrine in Showa period, I was surprised to see a lot of spirits of Tengu(天狗) guarding the shrine. I thought that there was no place in the world where Tengu, spirits of forests, were flying about in such a half-materialized form. Young children would have thought of them as humans.

  • fly about 飛び回る
  • materialize 物質化する

Walking the entrance path to the shrine in the dim light, I found that Tengu were observing me, flying around me momentarily. Some of them looked armed as if in the science fiction movie Predator.

  • entrance path 参道
  • dim 薄暗い
  • momentarily 瞬間的に
  • observe 観察する
  • armed 武装した

At present, however, it may be difficult to see Tengu there because a lot of power pylons stand in disorder and Kekkai(結界), a mystical barrier, has been destroyed. The entrance path is now bright and clean with pruned trees along it.

  • power pylon 鉄塔
  • mysitical barrier 結界
  • destroy 破壊する
  • prune 刈り込む

Franky, I don’t recommend that people in general visit such a place because it’s very dangerous if someone should profane such a sacred place. It’s so sacred that people should visit it silently and protect it. You had better not visit Tamaki shrine for sightseeing or out of mere curiosity. If you insist on visiting it, you should go there seriously with respect and gratitude toward the holy spirit, for you’d be watched over.

  • frankly 正直に言って
  • recommend 勧める
  • profane 不敬をする
  • sightseeing 観光
  • curiosity 好奇心
  • insist 言い張る
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

At Tamaki shrine, you could see large round stones set in the same form as Easter Island. And in the forest behind the main building of the shrine, which is a forbidden area, lies a secret, undisclosed stone statue that conjures a moai statue.

  • forbidden 禁じられた
  • undisclosed 非公開の
  • conjure 想起させる

Also, the figure of Kongo-zaou-gongen(金剛蔵王権現)I saw and felt spiritually in Omine Mountains(大峰山系) a long time ago was just like a moai statue. I perceive that the model of the face of a Moai statue is the one of an upper-rank priest who lived on the legendary floating island, Mu, which used to be in the Pacific Ocean in ancient times.

  • upper-rank 高位の
  • ledengary 伝説の
  • floating island 浮島

It seems to me that, due to the disappearance of Mu, some of the people moved to Easter Island, Hawaii and Kii peninsula(紀伊半島) of Japan. The fact that the same kind of worship and spirituality have existed in both Easter Island and the region between Kumano(熊野) and Nara of Japan stirs up the imagination of a secret ancient history.

  • extinction 消滅
  • stir up A Aをかきたてる
  • imagination 想像

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