Concerning our request for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine! The answer from Suwa Taisha, after Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a strong petition.
Concerning our request for the abolition of the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine!
The answer from Suwa Taisha, after Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a strong petition.
The past article.
●The answer from Suwa Taisha
To : Ms. Akiko Yui
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
We received your questionnaire date at January 7, 2014.
Our Kawazugari Shinji (Shinto ritual of hunting frogs) is specified in so many old precious books and it continues to this day in earnest.
Suwa Taisha handed down the traditional culture orally for over 1000 years.
This is a very important Shinto ritual under the faith of Suwa.
We want to ask you to understand it.
Please be kind to accept our answer.
February 5, 2014
●Demands letter from Inuneko Kyusainowa to Suwa Taisha.
To : Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
From : Akiko Yui
TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital
June 15, 2014
Concerning the Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.
Thank you so much for your answer about your Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.
Your answer was;
1. This is a historical Shinto ritual which is written in a Kamakura period book (1185-1333 CE)
2. This is traditional culture, which is handed down orally by reverent ujiko (shrine parishioners).
3. For these reasons, this Shinto ritual will be continued.
To read your answer, I’m embarrassed that we didn’t have any knowledge about the history of Suwa Taisha and Shinto.
I apologise for our late answer.
We have been rescuing dogs and cats from Fukushima.
And also we have studied old books of Suwa Taisha to get to know your many Shinto rituals.
The reason is specified below.
But we would like to demand strongly that you use a replacement, rather than live frogs.
To skewer live frogs is an inappropriate Shinto ritual for our Shrine in present time.
It could be done symbolically, using a frog doll, or even pictures, instead of torturing and killing living things.
Please consider for our demand.
Our examination for Shinto ritual of hunting frogs is follows;
• Shinto ritual of frog hunting is specified in one of the old books “Suwa Taisha (Suwajyosya butsukirei)”. But the true meaning of this Shinto ritual has various interpretations. It says that the true meaning is indistinctness.
• Ikushima Tarushima Shrine in Hiroshima also have a Shinto ritual hunting frogs. But they just act, shooting a bow from the bridge, rather than actually killing frogs.
• Suwabiraki Suwa Shrine in Kyoto use frog’s potter’s ware for their Shinto ritual hunting frogs.
• Researching the history of your shrine, it is found that you tied a boy to a pillar (a form of sacrifice) as a Shinto ritual. But that has been discontinued now with the changing of people’s consciousness. I think to preserve the true meaning of culture and tradition should involve abolishing the cruel Shinto ritual, or replacing humans and animals with other things as the sacrifice.