Volume 3

159


Home Page Thumbnails
Previous Page A–Z Next Page


Page 3.159

Creative Commons License
Shinto Symbolism of Ancient Origin
Mendicancy Adopted in the Name of Vishnu

SHINTO SYMBOLISM OF ANCIENT ORIGIN

MENDICANCY ADOPTED IN THE NAME OF VISHNU

The gohei, made of zigzags of paper fastened to a sacred stick, which represent offerings of cloth anciently made to the forces of nature or spirits of the departed, is believed to become the resting-place of these deities during their worship The Vishnavite, a votary of Vishnu, is a beggar by profession. To beg for alms is considered not only his right, but also his duty. This mendicant is pursuing his begging to the accompaniment of music and singing; his instrument, the vina, is repeatedly mentioned in Hindu books as being played by the gods, who delighted to seek the soothing influence of its sweet melodies