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Ritual cleansing

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunPriests and other workers clean the Great Buddha statue in Todaiji temple in Nara on Tuesday, during the annual ritual called “ominugui.” The 15-meter-tall sitting statue of the Vairocana Buddha is designated as a national treasure. About 180 priests and followers climbed on the statue or used gondolas hung from the ceiling and spent about two hours cleaning it with cloths and dusters.Speech

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