Thursday, July 12, 2012

Miko 巫女 - A Shrine Maiden

Miko 巫女 is a priestess in a jinja, a Shinto shrine. She has a specific role and tasks in the daily life of a shrine. Among other things, she can perform kagura, the sacred dance.

Miko wears a pair of red hakama, white haori, and white and/or red hair ribbons.

White symbolizes purity in Shintoism.

The kanji 巫 means "medium, foreteller" and 女 means "woman."

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