'Raising the ridgepole' (of a roof, which completes the framework of a new house). The term equally refers to the accompanying ritual, performed by the carpenters and the owners of the house. Small monetary gifts may be given to the carpenters on this occasion. A gohei inscribed with the owner's name and the date, with an o-fuda from an appropriate shrine attached to the bottom and an o-tafuku at the top, is placed behind the rafters for protection. Offerings and symbols of purification including items such as fruit, rice and salt are made, and those present clap their hands twice and bow in the manner of devotees at a shrine. Sand from the precincts of a shrine is scattered on the ground and sake poured in the unlucky north-east (kimon; demon-gate) corner of the house. The ceremony is also known as jotosai. It is performed in addition to the jichinsai or ground-purification ceremony carried out at the start of construction which is more likely to involve a Shinto priest.

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  • Jotosai —    A carpenters ritual carried out during the construction of a building.    See under its alternative name muneage …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • O-ta-fuku —    Or okame. Literally Great luck . A mask of a woman s round smiling face with flat nose used to bring luck. She is identified with the kami Ame no ozume.    See Muneage. An otafuku is often paired with saruda hiko or with a hyottoko (written hi …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Sangu —    or sanku. Scattered offering Also known generically by one of its forms, sanmai scattered rice , and as uchimaki. A form of combined purification and offering for local or family kami carried out, for example, in advance of construction of a… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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