It is no surprise that the “Global Economic Crisis” (also pessimistically dubbed “Depression 2.0” has affected struggling Asian economies at least as severely as those of the West. What seems a little different, however, is the way ordinary Japanese have (like their American neighbours) turned to religion in difficult times.
Lost your job and looking for someone to punch up for causing the global financial crisis? A Japanese shrine offers down-on-their-luck visitors a chance to shake off the doldrums by hitting the “God of Poverty.”
The Bimbo Gami shrine is home to a wooden statue believed to be the poverty deity, a thin and filthy man who brings misfortune and impoverishment to the house it haunts. (Reuters)
Clearly some explanation will be necessary for those unfamiliar with traditional Japanese religion. (more…)
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