Spiritual Effectiveness of Hitogata is No Better than a Placebo

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There is a shinto ritual in which you attach Hitogata(人形), a piece of paper in human shape, to your back or diseased area and blow on it uttering an incantation. This ritual is performed in some newly risen religions based on shinto or a few shrines. You could send such piece of paper back to these organizations to have it purified.

  • remedy 療法
  • attach くっ付ける
  • shape 形
  • diseased 病気の
  • incantation 呪文

Normally, you need to pay optional or prescribed money. Some vicious organizations send people chosen at random exclusive papers for Hitogata and leaflets saying nothing about the fee and if people in trouble apply for the remedy, they will demand payment of an excessive sum later.

  • optional 任意の
  • vicious 悪徳の
  • in trouble 困った
  • apply 申し込む
  • excessive 過度の

It is written on the paper that you need to write your private information on it for the effectiveness. So, the victims who wrote it in detail are to be in great trouble. Some of such vicious groups sell such private information to other pyramid-selling companies. Personal data of those who are in trouble or gullible are in so great demand that it sells well. You have to be careful.

  • private information 個人情報
  • effectiveness 効果
  • victim 犠牲者
  • in detail 詳細に
  • pyramid-selling マルチ商法
  • gullible 騙されやすい

Well, is the spiritual ritual really effective? In terms of spiritual magnetism, it surely is. There are various kinds of Hitogata, such as a piece of paper with a human figure drawn, a piece of paper in human form on which you write a person’s name, or a doll made of straw. In short, this ritual is a kind of autosuggestion by which you make yourself relieved. You’re trying to attach your spiritual dirt to the Hitogata and then get another person to purify it for you.

  • effective 効果のある
  • magnetism 磁気
  • straw 藁
  • autosuggestion 自己暗示

Spiritual rituals with the use of Hitogata have ancient origins, including Hina dolls displayed at the Girls’ Festival. There is evidence that people in Jomon Period used earthen figurines for magic, and that models of humans were sacrificed instead of humans with flesh and blood.

  • ancient 古代の
  • origin 起源
  • evidence 証拠
  • earthen figurine 土偶
  • sacrifice 生贄にする

Even at present, some shrines perform rituals of purification using the Hitogata-method twice a year on the occasion of Oharae-shinji ritual(大祓神事). Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary. But you might as well participate in it if you want, as part of a year’s ritual observances or contribution to the shrine.

  • at present 現在
  • purification 祓い
  • occasion 機会
  • might as well~ 〜しても良い
  • observances 式典
  • contribution 寄付

The problem is that getting someone other than yourself perform a ritual of purification several times a year has little spiritual effect and is no better than a placebo. It’s important for you to get rid of your negative magnetism by yourself  in everyday life.

  • no better than A  Aと少しも変わらない
  • placebo 気休め
  • get rid of A Aを取り除く

Yorishiro(寄り代), a meiudm where spirits stay temporarily, specifically a strip of fancy paper or a memorial tablet, that you use in holding a memorial service for your ancestors acts as substitute for yourself and it’s very effective. As long as you appease spirits at least once a day in this World of Reality, you can avoid negative influences from spirits in invisible worlds because of Yorishiro substituting for yourself.

  • specifically 具体的には
  • substitute 代替物
  • appease 慰める
  • invisible 目に見えない

The spiritual magnetism accumulated in Yorishiro offsets the negative magnetism, which phenomenon may be hard to understand from an everyday perspective, but the spiritual world is where such a substitutional behavior normally occurs. If you have been appeasing spirits related to you in your own way, you don’t need any ritual with the use of Hitogata that costs you a lot of money. Once another person concerns himself/herself in your spiritual problem, it causes unnecessary spiritual dirt to attach to you.

  • accumulate 蓄積する
  • offset 相殺する
  • perspective 観点
  • cause A to~  Aが〜する原因になる
  • attach くっつく

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

I Am Grateful for Being Kept Alive.

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