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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Mohitori shinji
"Taking the water offered to the kami rite." A rite held July 15 at the inner sanctuary (okumiya) of Ōkamiyama Shrine in Daisen Town, Saihaku District, Tottori Prefecture. A mohi is an earthenware container of ancient times that was used to serve water. The purpose of this rite is to present the water that is offered to the kami (shinsui, or "kami water," but read in this case as mohi). The ceremonies begin at 2 a.m. at the inner sanctuary. The mohi bearer climbs up to the pond at the top of Mt. Daisen carrying a water barrel filled with sake to be offered to the kami (miki). The bearer pours the miki into the pond at sunrise, draws water to replace it and also picks some mugwort before descending to the inner sanctuary. These are offered to the kami and the bearer gives a report on the mission in the form of an incantation (norito) to the chief priest (gūji). When this is over, the now-sacralized water (mohi) and the mugwort are distributed to the worshippers. They are believed to be efficacious for all kinds of illness and a great tumult results as the worshippers try to get their hands on the offerings. In ancient times, this day used to mark the opening of Mt. Daisen (see yamabiraki). Many people are said to have joined the bearer in climbing the mountain. The enshrined deity (saijin), Ōnamuchi-no-mikoto, is said to have offered prayers in this area for the country's good management, and this rite likewise is said to have gotten its start from as long ago as that time.
— Mogi Sakae

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