[Photoblog] Torioi Rituals of Ikoma Shrine

20140108_photoblog_torioi rituals of ikoma shrine
Torioi means driving off birds.  According to Miki, the photographer,
it really looked like a bird being driven off in this event ^^
This ritual started around 3 in the afternoon when there is less near year visitors.
It has been said that Empress Jingu stayed in this shrine before leading her army to Korea. 
It seems she decided to throw a chicken in a river in anger as the chicken
didn’t crow in the morning of her departure. 
But fortunately, this chicken was rescued downsream of Takita Shrine. 
This ritual is held based on this tradition. 
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