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1/23/2012

Enkiri to cut a bond

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Enkiri, engiri 縁切り to cut a bond
to cut a tie
dissolution of a relationship
break off one's relationship





Enmusubi, to bind people together, is more common as an amulet.

. Enmusubi 縁結, 縁結び, えんむすび .

Some temples and shrines specialize in both aspects of having bonds with people or things.

But sometimes is is important to end the ties with a person, not just to cut him/her out of our life, but to curse a partner :

. Wara ningyoo 藁人形 straw dolls for curses .


To cut bad ties with someone ... but also to cut bad ties with something,
for example a disease which is troubling a person.

Cutting the ties of marriage leads to divorce.
In the Edo period, it was not so simple, see the story of temple Tokei-Ji below.

Parents would also cut the ties to a child, when it did not behave in a proper way and brought shame to the family.
The sons who had to take over a family business lived under special stress of conformity and propriety.

enkiri koojoo 縁切口上 words to declare a divorce


Let us look at some samples of ENKIRI!


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Enkiri Jinja 縁切り神社 Shrine to cut off bad influence


Yasui Konpiragu 安井金毘羅宮
Gion Kyoto
安井金比羅宮(縁切寺)



source : 大塚 幸代

You crawl through this stone tunnel to get rid of the bad connections -
or sometimes to find a new match in our life.
Write your wish on the white paper, paste in on the stone and crawl.




From shrine Yasui Konpiragu 安井金毘羅宮

To cut ties with disease or people


Homepage of the shrine

There are lucky charms of every variety in there.
For example, set of break up and end relationship's charms,
break up to stoker,
and more
source : www.yasui-konpiragu.or.jp

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Enkiridera 縁切寺 Temple to cut off bad influence



Mantoku-Ji 縁切寺満徳寺
Gunma, Ota town
群馬県太田市(旧新田郡尾島町)



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Bad luck flushed down the toilet in Japan rite
Bad luck flushed down the toilet in Japan rite

Tired of an unsatisfying relationship, the sluggish economy or just your own bad habits?
Now you really can flush it all down the toilet.

The Mantokuji temple in Japan's central Gumma prefecture was once an asylum for women who wanted to cut marital ties with their husbands, a function now made obsolete by modern divorce laws and family courts.

Now, the temple is a museum chronicling the history of divorce as well as a place to help people get rid of any bad karma, via a piece of paper they drop into latrines.

Vistors are given two options:
the white squat toilet for the "enkiri", or cutting ties,
or
the black one for the "enmusubi", or tightening ties.

"I'm getting fat and it's not healthy. From now on I'd like to lose weight, be in fine form and take care of my health."

Up until the 19th century, Mantokuji was one of only two women-only convents serving as a refuge for wives who wanted to leave with their husbands.

Women in those days had no legal rights to ask for a divorce, though all a man had to do was to write "I hereby divorce thee" in a letter to make the breakup official.
Convent officials would act as mediators between the couple, and if a reconciliation was not possible, the officials made sure the wife had some sort of legal protection.

"In the past the Mantokuji was a divorce temple. There are only two in Japan and in the whole world," explained the temple museum director Tadashi Takagi.
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And among the million gods in the Japanese pantheon, the deity of the toilet, kawaya no kami, was considered just as important as the others since he was believed to heal illnesses and help in childbirth, Takagi added.

But ever since the symbolic latrines were installed, accidents have happened.

"When this museum was realized, at first, there were people who took it for a real loo and actually used it. But since we have put a sign indicating that the toilets are for praying, almost nobody makes that mistake anymore," Takagi said.

Despite its quirky rite, the Mantokuji sanctuary continues to stand as a testimony to women's rights in Japan. Once inside its gates, unhappy wives did see a change in their fortunes, without really having to flush it away.
source : xtvnz.co.nz/world-news


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Shōkozan Tōkei-ji (松岡山東慶寺),
Kakekomi-dera (駆け込み寺) or
Enkiri-dera (縁切り寺)


Tokei-Ji is a Buddhist temple and a former nunnery, the only survivor of a network of five nunneries called Amagozan (尼五山), in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is part of the Rinzai school of Zen's Engaku-ji branch, and was opened by Hōjō Sadatoki in 1285. It is best known as a historic refuge for women who were abused by their husbands.
It is for this reason sometimes referred to as the "Divorce Temple".
MORE : Wikipeida



source : seirios2772

enkiri Kannon 縁切り観音 Kannon to cut bonds

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source : 777orz.blog97

akuenkiri Fudoo, aku-en 悪縁切り不動 Fudo Myo-O
temple Anyo-Ji in Kurashiki 倉敷安養寺


. Fudo Myo-O 不動明王 .

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source : kanihei5

Ema tablet with both facing in different directions


野芥縁切地蔵尊 Enkiri Jizoo
Fukuoka, Noke Jizo
福岡市早良区の野芥(のけ)
This Jizo temple is more than 1300 years old, it used to be called

Konoo Jizoo 古能地蔵 Kono Jizo
According to a legend of Lord Tominaga and Princess Kono.
富永兼縄とお古能姫

On the day of their wedding, when all was prepared, the Prince did not show. He had run away . . .
His father saw a big problem coming up in explaining, so he proclaimed:
"My son has died all over a sudden!"
When the messenger reacht Princess Kono, it was just here, where the temple is now.


. Jizo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 .


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enkiri Kannon 縁切り観音 Kannon to cut a bond

temple Zensenji 善泉寺, Ota Town
Nr. 24 of the 33 Kannon temples pilgrimage
太田市菅塩町644番地
Higashi Jooshuu 東上州三十三観音霊場巡り
Koozuke no Kuni 上野(こうずけ)国

The first statue attributed with this duty was stolen, so now there is a Kannon with 11 faces in the little Kannon hall.
In a farmhouse nearby they keep some ema tablets from olden times.
In the Edo time, this temple was under direct patronage of the Tokugawa regime.

source : masahiro-higuchi

. Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 .


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Enkiribashi 縁切り橋 bridge to cut off bad luck



縁切り橋 by 井川 香四郎





Click for more real bridges of this name.


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Buckwheat noodles !


sobakiri 蕎麦切り(そばきり)cut soba
... kirisoba 切り蕎麦、切りそば
They can be pulled to quite a lenght by hand, and are thus an auspicious food for people to get old and live long.
Also called jumyoo soba 寿命そば. or nobisoba のびそば。



Since on the other hand these soba can break easily, they are also auspicious to

"cut the connection to a person" enkiri soba 縁切りそば or
at the New Year
to cut the bad luck of old, toshikiri soba 年切りそば.


To be cut off from old debt, they are called
shakusen kiri 借銭切り or kanjoo soba 勘定そば.
In some regions they were called "fortune noodles", undon 運どん.
It was important that you had to eat the full portion of these kirisoba and not leave a bit.

. Buckwheat noodles (soba) .


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Enkiri enoki 縁切榎 Chinese hackberry tree

at the Nakasendo road, Itabashi 板橋宿




. WKD : enoki 榎 nettletree, Chinese hackberry tree .

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Enkiri Village: Dead End Survival
縁切り村 - デッド・エンド・サバイバル

2011 Japanese horror film by Kōichi Tsubaki
Starring Reina Fujie and Ren Yagami.

- Reference : enkiri village japan


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

quote from Craig Ferguson :

"Resentment is like drinking poison
and expecting someone else to die."
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