Fire Burning Ceremony at Ekoin, Koya-san
Fire ceremony at Ekoin in Koya-san. Goma taki involves burning wooden plaques with prayers written on them as monks chant. Guests are asked to write their wishes on wooden plaques to be burned in the fire to burn away excess desires; and to achieve a simple life. Fire destroys negative energies and purifies the mind, body and spirit. The fire burning ceremony is unique to the Shingon sect of Buddhism.