What if Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice” in old times.

October 3, 2016

What if Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice” in old times.

Eliminate "sacrifice" from Japan before the Tokyo Olympics!
Stop the Shinto ritual of frog hunting at Suwa Taisha shrine every January 1st.

History of “sacrifice” in Suwa Taisha shrine:





It is said that in old times, Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice”.

The Oniebashira, which is a pillar to which a boy is tied, is moved to the center of an altar.
The Guji, (chief priest) chants prayers to the Oniebashira while other participants offer Tamagushi (literally "jewel skewer”).
Oniebashira was thought of as the representative of god.
A boy was called Okou (messenger of god), and “sacrificed”.
According to the pamphlet of the museum of Jincho Kanmoriya Shiryokan, in Kayano-city, the boys were killed for Shinto ritual.


75 deers were beheaded.
Now they use stuffed animals.

A rabbit had also been skewered.

A pheasant is captured alive but then released.

Still in present times frogs are skewered alive as part of a Shinto ritual at Suwa Taisha Shrine every January 1st.
We hope they will switch to using substitutes like dolls instead of live frogs.


Please send your voice to Suwa Taisha Shrine.
Suwa Taisha shrine (Nagano) TEL 0266-52-1919

We will protest again on January 1st, 2017 at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
Please join us!!
If you living far from Nagano, it is possible to organize accommodation.





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