Oil on linen canvas
30 x 40 in


About the work

A shrine maiden, “Miko or Fujo,” is a woman who mainly serves the Japanese gods, and they have been believed to be “Kamigakari,” in which a shaman or a Shinto priest becomes a yorishiro and harbors a god in their own body since Yayoi period 300 BC in Japan.

Today, Miko’s power is one of the myths. They can travel between the spiritual world and this world with their psychic ability to mourn the dead, which makes me think about spirits who still exist without bodies. If that is true, why do some people try to commit suicide to escape from suffering? Why do people believe that dying is their final option to end their lives when they come to the limit of their patience?

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