Saturday, 13 October 2012

A Set Of Treasures

A bit more of Nara.

A "sorin" or set of treasures; is the name of the nine-ringed spire on the top of a pagoda, which is believed to gather all light and positive spirits.

There were once two 100m pagodas on both sides of the main hall of Todaiji; which were said to be amongst the tallest structure in the world of the time, but both pagodas were never rebuilt after their collapse after an earthquake.

The sorin at Todaiji temple is easier to admire than other sorin as it isn't located high up on the top of a pagoda but on ground level instead.

This particular sorin was exhibited on the roof-top of a seven storied pagoda in the site of Expo'70. On the occasion of the Expo'70,  this pagoda was recreated by Furukawa Pavillion, in the same appearance of the Seven-Storied pagoda that once stood in the compound of Todaiji's temple some 1,200 years ago. 

After the closing of the Expo'70, this sorin was contributed and displayed at the current location in October 1971.

A sorin is placed on top of a high-rise pagoda to collect lights and spirits. In this modern age, such tall structures now are now being built and used for broadcasting and transmission. ^^ I guess that's another kind of light and spirit for the modern community?

12 comments:

  1. Let there be light..the Sorin is to drive away evil spirits?

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    1. Dunno about that.

      But definitely harnessing good spirits. ;p

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  2. I love the idea of a thingummy that captures light and positive energy.

    Sky Tree's antenna looks a bit like a sōrin, don't you think? ^^

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    1. I thought of Sky Tree writing this post. ;)

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  3. It looks a bit like a Christmas tree to me.

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  4. Yeah, it is great to see the past used today in modern buildings such as the Skytree. We had it figured out thousands of years ago :)

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    1. Folks back then sure had great insight. It is up to us to re-learn what our ancestors knew back then and use it for our future. Yes? :)

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  5. HeeHee. Year it looks like a Christmas tree to me too^^
    Will the spirits go to heaven or stay forever there?

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    1. I hope they won't be stuck there forever.

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  6. Hi! I learned Soorin(相輪) again from your blog. Thank you.

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    1. Likewise. I learn about lots of things (especially flowers) from yours. :)

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