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Shimenawa

Shimenawa

Shimenawa (literally "enclosing rope") are lengths of laid rice straw rope used for ritualpurification in the Shinto religion. They can vary in diameter from a few centimetres to several metres, and are often seen festooned with shide. Shide is a zigzag-shaped paper streamer, Shimenawa are believed to act as a ward against evil spirits and are often set up at a ground-breaking ceremony before construction begins on a new building.

inumo taishakyp lum sai ho tong