Japanese monk gives funerals for old dolls souls

first_img Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeHUNDREDS OF DOLLS, from Hello Kitty to Disney favourites, are packed to the ceiling at a funeral home near Tokyo.But they’re not here for show: the dolls destined for dumpsters are getting a final send-off for the afterlife.The ceremony this week underlines Japan’s still-strong belief that all things – from shrimps and eggs to scissors and rocks – have a soul.About 20 doll owners chanted a sutra with Buddhist monk Shingyo Goto as he performed the send-off ceremony in the doll-stuffed room, filled with the heady scent of incense.“We believe a soul lives inside dolls, so I perform a service to take the spirits out of them and express the feeling of gratitude to them” before bidding them farewell, said Goto, who lives at the prestigious Yakushiji temple in the ancient city of Nara. By AFP Source: DPA/PA ImagesJapan’s neon-lit capital may look ultra-modern, but many in the country of 127 million still hold tightly to longstanding traditions, including the animist beliefs linked to its dominant religions: Buddhism and native Shintoism.And so ceremonies to bid farewell to inanimate objects – including dolls – are not uncommon.The funeral home hosting this week’s memorial charged 500 yen (around €4) for each doll’s soul send-off.“All things have a soul in it regardless of what it is, from a needle, a pair of scissors to an egg, and we give thanks to those things,” Goto said after the ceremony in Yokohama south of Tokyo.“We have to have the feeling of appreciation for all things.”© – AFP, 2017Read: 46 years later, Yoko Ono has been added to the credits for Lennon hit ‘Imagine’Read: Patrick Pearse 1916 surrender letter sells for £263,000 at London auction 8,504 Views Share8 Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3449469 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 4:01 PM Jun 17th 2017, 4:01 PM 4 Comments Japanese monk gives ‘funerals’ for old dolls’ souls It’s a common belief in Japan that all things have a soul – including unwanted dolls.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu MDMK chief Vaiko files nomination for Rajya Sabha

first_imgChennai: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party General Secretary Vaiko on Saturday filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections as a DMK-supported candidate. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief MK Stalin was also present on the occasion. On July 1, the DMK had announced names of its three nominees for the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Stalin nominated M Shanmugham of DMK and advocate B Wilson for the Rajya Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu to be held on July 18. The DMK had agreed to give one of its three Rajya Sabha seats to Vaiko, chief of DMK” as part of an agreement in the recently held parliamentary elections. Elections to the six Tamil Nadu Rajya Sabha seats is scheduled on July 18. In the 234-member Assembly, AIADMK has 123 members, DMK 100, Congress 7, IUML and Independent one each with two seats vacant.last_img read more