Turning

Subject:
The Torii Gates
Response To:
Re: Ah, ()

Mark Mandell - Gone Round In New Jersey
were originally part of the Japanese Shinto faith, used to mark the boundary between the common "world" and the sacred ground of a shrine or cemetery. The form is modified and used by Chinese, Korean, and other Asian cultures and faiths for a similar purpose and a blessing for those who enter through them.

Of course, having taken it out of context, I've used the form at the risk of a charge of cultural appropriation, but when the piece is viewed as a reliquary I think I've held to at least a part of the original meaning.

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