Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set
Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set
Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set
Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set

Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set

  • Product Code: Shakujo
  • Availability: In Stock
  • USD $

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Shakujo Japanese Buddhist Hand Staff & Rei Dorje Shaking Bell Set

Period: Japanese SHOWA era

Size / Length:  Shakujo staff 28CM, and Buddhist Rei bell 11,5CM 

History

Originally the shakujo served as a walking stick for travelling monks. By attaching jangling metal rings to one end, the noise from shaking it could be used to scare away small animals such as snakes from their path, to avoid them being stepped on.

In addition, with many monks forbidden to speak or having taken a vow of silence, the noise from the rings enabled them to announce their arrival outside a house when begging for alms. Three shakes would be followed by five and then seven, and if none elicited a response the monk would be obliged to move on.³

With many itinerant monks wandering secluded roads and mountain paths, attacks from wild animals or bandits were a real threat, and so the shakujo also became a useful tool for the traveller's self-defence. As well as intimidating wild animals with the noise, the rings could be slammed into an assailaint's face to stun or blind them, the tip could be used to strike weak points, and the butt could be used to deliver a crushing blow.⁴ In this way the shakujo came to be associated with the yamabushi, mountain aescetics with a reputation as fierce warriors.


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