Joma Shinji - Japanese Exorcism Archery Ritual

Archery has long been thought to effective in driving away evil in Japan. In olden days, samurai would pluck bow strings to ward off evil. Arrows are sold as good luck charms around New Year’s. Joma Shinji is an archery ritual where successive hits on the target are believed to ward off evil.

1. Japanese Exorcism Archery Ritual

Joma Shinji is a Japanese Archery Exorcism Ritual where archers shoot at a leather target which has on the backside an upside down Chinese character which represents “oni” or devil. Successive hits are believed to ward off evil.

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