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A Shrine for...   Hemorrhoids

submitted by: Paul Neubauer

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Shinto does not seem to take itself overly seriously....

"Tradition states that those who washed their backsides and then ate egg offerings would be cured of hemorrhoids, reports Shimotsuke. The festival ceased back in 1988, but two years ago, it was revived.

These days, instead of cleaning in the river, there is a "Butt Washing Stone" on the shrine's grounds. Participants turn their backsides to the stone and chant to cure their butts or to ensure that they never get hemorrhoids"

see more on the shrine at kotaku.com

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