Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East

Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East

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Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East

Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East

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Of whatever dimension, the temples or shrines of pure Shintō are all built in the same archaic style. The typical shrine is a windowless oblong building of unpainted timber, with a very steep overhanging roof; the front is the gable end; and the upper part of the perpetually closed doors is wooden lattice-work, -- usually a grating of bars closely set and crossing each other at right angles. In most cases the structure is raised slightly above the ground on wooden pillars; and the queer peaked façade, with its visor-like apertures and the fantastic projections of beam-work above its gableangle, might remind the European traveller of certain . . .

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