Constructing “Misogi”

MisogiOver at “God Knows What” Chris Kavanagh, an Irish anthropologist who specializes on ritual, has written on the Japanese cold-water purification ceremony (“Misogi”) and his unique participation in it. Please do read Chris’ post — it is superb.

In the comments on Chris’ blog, I discuss the Japanese character for Misogi. Above I illustrate the components for the character to help those interested. Note that though it is a character for a present day ritual centered on water, its original use might have pointed at a purification ceremony which was not based on water. Words and rituals change.

Question to readers:  Have you ever intentionally exposed yourself to extreme cold water?  Why?  How do you think your adventures would differ from Chris’ and the Japanese in the Misogi ritual?


Filed under Philosophy & Religion

2 responses to “Constructing “Misogi”

  1. Thanks Sabio for the illustration and the nationality correction 😉

  2. You are welcome Chris

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