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Benzaiten: The Goddess of Everything that Flows

By |2019-12-03T01:24:02+03:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Benzaiten is a Japanese Buddhist goddess who originated from the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Worship of Benzaiten arrived in Japan during the 6th through 8th centuries, mainly via the Chinese translations of the Sutra of Golden Light, which has a section devoted to her. She is [...]

Torii Gates Meaning, Uses, and Origins

By |2019-02-21T17:19:55+03:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The presence of a torii at the entrance is usually the simplest way to [...]

Anjali Mudra: A Divine Salute

By |2018-12-18T16:11:46+03:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Anjali Mudra or praṇāmāsana is a hand gesture which is practiced throughout Asia and beyond. Anjali mudra is used as a sign of respect and a greeting in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Indonesia, also used among East Asian Buddhists, Taoists, [...]

Amaterasu – The Goddess of the Sun and the Universe

By |2019-01-10T03:41:05+03:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Amaterasu, Amaterasu-ōmikami, or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a deity of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun and the universe. The name Amaterasu is derived from Amateru and means "shining in heaven". [...]