Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Photo: Prayer at an Okinawan Utaki


This photo was taken at the grounds inside Nakagusuku Castle a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the main island of Okinawa.

The woman is making an offering at what is called an "Utaki" or sacred grounds. The Okinawans don't go to a church or temple to worship. They are ancestor worshipers and conduct, what most people would call prayers, in their homes or at Utaki throughout the islands.


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