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rare trio of stone lanterns
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rare trio of stone lanterns
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From: Matt on 2011-09-11 00:18:53
Stone lanterns at Kasuga Taisha were mostly in pairs or alone, apparently because of the practices of the donors who provided them (*two* stone lanterns was a popular donation). This is the only set of three I saw. The paper covers on some of them are shields to protect the candles that will be placed inside from the wind; and where those are torn or missing, it's usually because of the sacred deer eating the paper (which they like to do, even though it's not thought to be good for their health).