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Book: Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage

Chapter: The Pilgrim’s Transaction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24525


This chapter looks at the pilgrim’s transaction- the rites performed at each shrine. The three vital phases of each visit comprise the pilgrim depositing evidence of the visit, performing a devotional act and acquiring evidence of the visit. The chapter ends in discussing the lasting proof of pilgrimage – the large scroll on which all the temple seals and calligraphy have been mounted.

Chapter Contributors

  • Michael Pye ( - book-auth-571) 'Marburg University, (Emeritus) and Otani University'