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Item Buddhist Pilgrim's Natural Hemp Jacket

Shugendo Pilgrimage
YouTube video about the pilgrimage

This garment possesses a series of red stamp temple seals that mark the pilgrims stop at each temple along the trail. Someone must have washed this jacket because the red seal are barely visible.

Also, woodblock hand stamped sumi (black ink) images of various Buddhist deities and Hand written Sanskrit text (bonji) and kanji characters.
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% Natural Hemp
Hand sewn.
Top of collar to bottom edge:
41 inches, 105 cm
Sleeve edge to edge, across shoulders:
51 inches, 130 cm
10.5 oz, 298 g
Good overall condition.
Some light storage discoloration.
Well done repair patch.

It is ready for display, or wear if you wish.
Comments The 'Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range' were named an UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 7, 2004. Named such because of the abundance of historical Buddhist and Shinto sacred sites and pilgrimage routes that are inseparable from the natural setting within the Kii Mountain Range.

The area consists of sacred sites and pilgrimage routes that are inseparable from the nature of the Kii Mountain Range, covering the three prefectures of Mie, Nara and Wakayama. Dotted with Buddhist statues and small temples, the scenery along the trails is spectacular and the views from the mountains are breathtaking, but the paths are difficult and isolated in parts. There is no other similar terrain & number of holy sites elsewhere in Japan nor anywhere else in the world.

Hiking along the pilgrimage routes in this area is considered “a must” for Shugendo practitioners. Walking many of the trails is recommended for experienced hikers and proper equipment is a must. Although, some shorter & sensible paths can accommodate most any pilgrim.

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