What is Jingu Onusa? Why are bills called “Onusa”?
Jingu-Onusa is one of the ritual tools used in purification.
Nowadays, it is also called “Ofuda,” and is distributed at New Year’s and various milestones, and displayed on the altar of each household.
The reason why Ofuda is called (Jingu) Onusa lies in the history of Japan.
From the Heian period (794-1185) to the Edo period (1603-1868), there were people called “Onshi” at the shrine. They went around to each household to preach their teachings, and when they performed exorcisms, they handed out “Kensakibarai” a few strands of marijuana wrapped in Japanese paper.
This is the original form of “Ofuda”.
With the passage of time, the “Kensakibarai” changed its form to Ofuda, but the reason why the Ofuda is still called “Onusa” today is because of this history.
Since ancient times, Jingu-Onusa has been said to be “the link between the gods and the home” and has been carefully dedicated.
When you hear the word “marijuana” in Japan, the word “illegal drug” may immediately come to mind, but in fact, it has existed in the lives of Japanese people as a ritual tool for the gods.
What is the relation between Shinto shrines and marijuana plants?
In fact, cannabis plant is an aromatic plant that is said to “wipe away impurities” in Shinto.
Marijuana is made of strong, straight, and clean fibers, and it is said to have the nuance of “wiping away the sins and abominable impurities that people have committed.
Jingu Onusa generally refers to the Jingu Onusa hemp distributed at the Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture.
The cultivation of marijuana plants is basically prohibited in Japan, but a group called the “Ise Hemp Promotion Association in Mie” prefecture is allowed to grow marijuana.
Most of the cannabis plants currently used throughout Japan are produced in China, and the Ise Hemp Promotion Association is trying to break through this situation and focus on growing domestic cannabis plants.
The current situation shows that organizations with a history and Shintoism formed by shrines and jingu are also working against the prejudice against domestic cannabis and Japan’s cannabis laws.
What are some of the familiar places where cannabis plants are used?
Cannabis plants are used in many places other than shrines, and are actually very familiar to us.
First of all, it is used in the sumo ring, the national sport of Japan, as I mentioned at the beginning.
A shimenawa rope made of bundles of hemp grass is hung above the ring to purify the bodies of those who enter the ring.
Cannabis is also used to make linen clothes. High-quality domestic linen is considered a luxury material.
Many of the straw sandals and baskets seen in period dramas were also woven from hemp grass.
You can see that cannabis grass has been a raw material that supports the lives of the Japanese people.
This time I introduced about the Jingu Onusa, how was it?
I was able to read the history and relation between the Japanese people and marijuana plants from the Ofuda. Please try to refer to it.