Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
- Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
Torii is a gate marking the boundary of the sacred compounds of the shrine. You enter the shrine compounds through it.
Beyond the pond across the bridge, you have a water basin. Worshippers wash hands and the mouth to purify themselves.
Further along the approach path, you reach the sacred gate. Beyond this point, you have the main hall where the deity (kami) is enshrined and the worship hall. It is the most important area in the shrine compound.
The deity (kami) is enshrined at the main hall. Usually, worshippers offer prayers in front of the worship hall. When they offer especially important prayers, they perform rituals on the floor of the worship hall.
Small shrines around the main hall and the worship hall are subordinate shrines. 108 deities associated with Munakata Taisha are enshrined.
Takamiya Saijo is a living ritual site that the altar is installed at the part of the ancient Shimotakamiya ritual site. Rituals are performed in this place on the first and fifteenth of each month. On 3 October, the special Kannnabi festival is held as the finale of the Grand Autumn Festival.
Tei-ni-gu (secondary shrine) is dedicated to Tagorihime-no-kami of Okitsu-miya. Tei-san-gu (tertiary shrine) is dedicated to Tagitsuhime-no-kami of Nakatsu-miya. People can worship all of the Three Female Kami of Munakata within the shrine compounds of Hetsu-miya, by giving prayers to these two shrines from Middle Ages.
In addition to some 80,000 votive objects discovered on Okinoshima that have been collectively designated a national treasure, ancient documents and other cultural artifacts that reflect the history of Munakata Taisha are displayed.