Meoto-iwa or the Wedded Rocks

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Mark Cartwright
by Taku
published on 03 December 2012

The wedded rocks known as Meoto-iwa are located in Japan near Ise jingu. They represent the two creator gods of the Shinto religion, Izanami and Izanagi. The rocks are joined by a sacred rope (shimenawa) of plaited rice stalks which symbolizes the marriage bond between the two gods. The white gate or torii can be seen on the larger rock (Izanagi) which marks the site as sacred.

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