The presentation of
offerings (accompanied by spoken prayers)
is an important dimension of ritual practice and the conduct of
shugyo (ascetic discpline) at Akakura.
Food and drink offerings are considered to be purified after they
have been "tasted" by the kami, and are usually consumed
afterwards by human worshippers as "gofu."
offerings, carefully arranged on special trays, are offered to
the kami each morning in Shinden, the
Reido, the Dragon
shrine, the Godaimoyoo hall and the
Mieido hall. Beautiful offerings are
also presented at major ceremonies, such as the Great
Summer Festival in July.
All of these important formal offerings are prepared by women
in the shrine kitchen.
(see Immortal Wishes,
Chapter Four, "Miniature Mountains: Offerings and Exchange")
Offering presented by a lay worshipper to the
Dragon (Ryujin) subshrine