Bribing the gods

Today’s photo is a donation board, more or less, at Rokusho Shrine, the Matsudaira & Tokugawa family shrine. A way to gain favor with the gods?

Bribing the gods?


There are various things donations can get you at a shrine. You might simply be blessed by the head priest, you might get to drink some sacred sake (called miki), you might be able to take part in special rituals. Big donors get special plaques with their name on them, announcing for all to see that they are cool with god.

Bribery? Naw — just greasing the wheels a bit.

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