Supervised by Sadasumi Motegi
Futami Shobo Publishing
There are various animal statues in many shrines in Japan. You may be able to guess what kind of animals are in the shrines that you are familiar with, for example guardian dogs (Komainu), lions (Shishi), foxes (Kitsune) and monkeys (Saru). Those animals that are believed to serve Gods are called to be priests (Shinshi). The animal statues are placed in the shrines because the Japanese gods do not appear in human life in the first place, and it is thought that animals related to God convey the will of Gods to people on their behalf. Because this book has illustrations and photographs, and the explanations are easy to understand, it may be easy to read even if you are not familiar with the shrines. There are many priests (animals) such as land creatures, waterside creatures, and sky creatures. Did you know that there are unique priests such as centipedes, octopuses, and crabs? As I read about how animals relate to the shrines, I made new discoveries, so I chose this book as my recommendation this time. I suggest you to visit a shrine in your neighborhood and you may find out what kind of creatures is a priest (Shinshi).