This exquisitely lacquered Buddhist altar or butsudan is a household altar which is an essential part in the life of a traditional Japanese family as it is the centre of spiritual faith within the household. This particular altar was probably used by high ranking Japanese and wealthy family.
In Japan, one of the most enduring social and religious traditions has been commemorating rituals to devote to the ancestral spirits. For ancestor worship, both butsudan and kamidan were used. A butsudan wa...
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