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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Mohitori shinji
This rite takes place on July 15 at the interior shrine (okumiya) of Ookamiyama Shrine in Daisen Town, Saihaku County, Tottori Prefecture. A mohi is an earthenware container of ancient times that was used to serve water. The purpose of this rite is to enshrine sacred water (shinsui—here read as mohi). At the okumiya, a ceremony begins at 2 a.m. The mohi carrier climbs up to the pond at the top of Mt. Daisen with sacred sake (miki) in a water barrel. At sunrise, he transfer the miki into the pond, draws water to replace it whilst also picking some mugwort (yomogi). He then descends to the okumiya. These are then offered to the kami and the carrier recites a prayer (norito), reporting on the mission to the chief priest (gūji). Afterwards, the mohi and yomogi are distributed to the worshippers. It is believed that they are effective for all kinds of illness and it is chaotic with people trying to get it their hands on it. In old days, this used to be the opening day of Mt. Daisen. It is said that many people climbed up the mountain with the carrier. It is believed that the enshrined deity (saijin), Ōnamuchi-no-mikoto, prayed here for the country's good management and this rite is believed to have started as long ago as that time.

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