Day 6 – June 8, 2012

12 Jun

We left Midori no Mura early in the morning to go to Zenkou Temple (Buddha).  We took off our shoes after climbing the large steps into the Temple – where there are no photos to be taken inside the Temple because it is sacred.  Inside, the ceilings were very high and everything was gold and gold leaf.  There was a large bamboo floor area where people can pray.  We got to go into a dark hall that led to the door of death.  We walked down the stars into a dark, dark hallway with low ceilings.  We held our right hands on the wall to feel our way through the hall.  After two right turns, there was a door with a handle.  I touched the handle for good luck and tried to open the door, but it was locked.  I then followed the rest of the hall back to the light and exited the Temple.  The meaning of the hall and door was that the darkness represents that death is near.  The locked door represents that it was not our time – the door of death – so you then would touch it for good luck.  Then you would follow until you saw the light representing now – life.

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One Response to “Day 6 – June 8, 2012”

  1. Caitlyn June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    That is so cool!!! What an amazing culture they have!!

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