Sa­cred Is­land of Oki­noshima and As­so­ci­ated Sites in the Mu­nakata Re­gion

Lo­ca­tion: Mu­nakata, Fukuoka Date of In­scrip­tion: 2017

Asian Geographic - - PRECIOUS PLACES -

Lo­cated 60 kilo­me­tres off the west­ern coast of Kyushu, Oki­noshima is an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple of the tra­di­tion of wor­ship of a sa­cred is­land. The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites that have been pre­served on the is­land are vir­tu­ally in­tact and pro­vide a chrono­log­i­cal record of how the rit­u­als per­formed there changed from the 4th to the 9th cen­turies AD. In th­ese rit­u­als, vo­tive ob­jects were de­posited as of­fer­ings at dif­fer­ent sites on the is­land.

Im­age Shuttersto­ck

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