April 8, 2010

"Keko" flower-baskets in Jochi-ji temple

In the tradition of Buddhist services, flowers are scattered around by priests in order to purify the place of ceremony and to glorify Buddha.

According to Buddhist scriptures, flowers were coming down from heaven while Buddha was preaching.

These "Keko" (flower baskets) were used to scatter lotus-petal-shaped paper slips by the priests during the bathing Buddha festival.

On the gilded surface of this basket, lotus flowers and leaves are beautifully embossed.

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