Shinto vs Druid

This is the kind of stuff I get lost in (sigh). I’m watching a video re: Shinto in Miyazaki’s work (which I’ve long known about) and having fun watching it. Then I see the word –yorishiro– which means, according to the video, “a vessel for the gods”. This matches with previous practices I’ve studied. They claim that while everything -can- hold a spirit, everything does not -always- hold a spirit.

I decide to look up what the actual etymology of yorishiro is and come across one source that says “junction”. This makes perfect sense to me; it’s a simple word that says “Here the gods may meet the world.”

Then, since I’m researching for Rise Up (a re-telling / reconstruction of Celtic mythology), I get way too excited. Is there an analog of this in any Western religious source material I can find?

The answer is ‘no’ but also… yes? Preliminary investigation reveals that, if you eliminate the ‘under the hills’ stuff, the next major place that you encounter gods at is at the junction, just like yorishiro. This is embodied in the barely remembered fairy tales that involve crossroads.

Crossroads tales are the deep remembrance of the Irish and the Welsh and the Picts. They are an understanding that their gods were there ‘in the junction’ of things.

I am very happy with this.

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