offering; tablet (ritual & belief: cult of the dead)

Tablet commemorating a dead child consisting of a slip of wood with an inscription in black. Accompanying display mount has typed text which reads:'CHILDREN'S TEMPLE, TENNOJI, OSAKA. The name of a child who has died is written on slip of wood like this and is prayed over by a priest in a small temple hung round with children's garments, which have been brought as offerings. The slip is then taken by the mother to another building and held there where water is coming out of a large tortoise. In this way the child is supposed to be helped in the other world. This slip has been so used.'

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