Kami, Shinto, Spiritual Crafts

How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)

Today I am going to show you how I make simple votive bibs (涎掛け) for my kitsune (fox) messenger statues! These are not essential by any means but I do think that the spirits appreciate them, and they look pretty! What are the Red Votive Bibs For? The red bibs are placed on the kitsune… Continue reading How to Make Simple Votive Bibs (涎掛け)

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Deities, Kami, Mythology, Shinto

Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Today I am going to talk about many of the guardian animals associated with Shinto. When visiting a Shinto shrine, one of the first things one sees are a pair of foxes, lion-dogs or other creatures. Lion Dogs (Komainu) Komainu translates to 'Korean dog' or 'Foreign dog'. It is believed that they came from the… Continue reading Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Shinto, Spiritual Crafts

Craft work for Inari-Okami

So I've been struggling to do anything creative lately, but I did manage to mess with sculpting. I made a few different prototype items for Inari-Okami. These are made from polymer clay and painted with brush pens and acrylic paint. They are pretty basic, and I didn't have sandpaper on hand, but I wanted to… Continue reading Craft work for Inari-Okami