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A slightly scary story about Chinjudaiba Shrine 

Straw doll on cedar tree

The following is written on various sites. It has been said for a long time that "Kamo no Daiba takes people." This comes from a legend that if you drive a cursed nail into an old tree in the temple grounds late at night, the Daiba's attendant (a white fox) will possess the person and kill them. It must be something. There is a hole in the earthen wall on the north side of Daiba Shrine, and this is the passage for the white fox. "Various sites" includes private, public, and even government sites. The temple's pamphlet only says, ``A miraculous experience that will bring you blessings in this world,'' but does not say whether the ushi-no-koku mairi is a curse or not.


Photo: Straw doll

In the first place, my feeling is that in the ancient times there were only very simple curses, and that they were popular during the Nara and Heian periods, but had already declined in the armed society after the Kamakura period. More specifically, faith and religion have existed in people's hearts from the beginning of time to the present day, and have been a force that moves society, and they have also been strongly linked to curses, and Tendai Buddhism also has elements of esoteric Buddhism. However, I think it is fair to say that people today, in a world where science is flourishing, generally do not believe in the power of curses.
By the way, the photo on the top right was actually taken recently (several years ago from 2010). I can't deny the possibility that the subject was a prank, but I don't think that's the case after all. Even if you think in your head that there is no such thing as a curse, don't you think that you can't be sure that there are no people whose hearts turn to deep sadness, hatred, and resentment due to poor health, misfortune, and unhappiness? (I can't say for sure that being cursed like this doesn't bother me). People who can say that are very healthy and happy. This photo made me think that whether spirituality and inspiration are supported by television stations or not, deep within people's hearts, such things that have been cultivated through history remain without degenerating or evolving.

Around March 2009, a doll like the one on the left was made using a new method of writing a doll on a cork board using magic ink、and was nailed on the tree. What kind of spirit was it made in?
I don't know if this new method will work for Daiba, but I'm sure the Buddha will be able to reach out to such hearts as well.