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Najlah is on the hunt for the traitorous coward who attempted to assassinate the king and nearly killed Najlah’s brother in the process. But the hunt has taken his team deep into the Shide, the treacherous, freezing mountains controlled by the mysterious Lukos, feral wolf shifters who do not tolerate trespassers.


When the Lukos come upon them, Najlah is reluctantly intrigued. The Lukos, especially the one called Barkus, are nothing like the soft humans he spends most of his time around. They thrive in the brutal cold the way he thrives in volcanic fire. For the first time, it feels like Najlah may have found someone who can equal the fierceness of dragons, and see them as more than demons.

But if he hopes to explore the bond forming with the Lukos, he must first survive the enemy—and the Shide.

 

  • Pairings: Fantasy Gay
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  • Content: Contains some explicit content.
How to make shide

Please make sure when you make shide, that you will be using them for good practices, and please make sure to make them with good intent. 

Always wash your hands before creating shide for purification use.

I got this information from a really handy site (check the source) I thought I should share it on tumblr as well! 

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1. Get a piece of paper; For practice purposes, any paper will do. However, for more religious-based purposes, please use high-quality grade paper.

Lay the paper out flat horizontally on your working space. Make cuts into the paper strip all along its length at 1 inch intervals, from each of the long sides, like so:

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The cuts should go about 2/3 away across the strip from both the side of the fold and the side of the open edge. Then, fold the paper starting from the first cut in a rotating movement. Folding the same end around and around, so that you end up with a zigzag look. 

Fold the first strip down, so after the first fold the paper will look like this:

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Folding the folded end around the back, after the second fold the paper strip will look like this:

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Then, rotate around and fold the third strip down in front. Once you have got used to what I mean by a “rotating movement”, Shide become very quick to fold. 

The Shide strips attached to the Shimenawa above have only three zigs (or zags) but those on a wand will have many more. These zigzags of paper are then attached by their end, to the top of a 4 foot wooden pole to create a rustling bundle of zigzag strips (about two thirds of the length of the pole) on the end of a stick. 

Once folded and re-oreintated vertically the Shide will look like this. The overlap of the Shide below is probably more authentic than that above but there is considerable variation. It does not seem to have to be precise. The Shide attatched to the front of shines or displayed on altars, are often more like the one below, overlapping more. Those attatched to a shrine priest’s wand are often overlap less and so the are longer, thinner and more drawn out.

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紙垂, 四手 - Shide

熱田神宮 Atsuta-jingū

This photo was taken at Atsuta Shrine, dedicated to the veneration of Atsuta-no-Okami. Ranking with the Great Shrine of Ise, Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya houses Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (草薙の剣), a legendary Japanese sword and one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan. Atsuta Shrine also houses over 4,000 relics, which include 174 Important Cultural Properties.

Shide is a paper-streamer attached on Shimenawa (rice straw rope) or Tamaguchi (branch of the sakaki, a evergreen tree native to Japan), related to purification rituals on Shinto Shrines (but also on Ainu blessings). It’s interesting to see how paper in Shinto symbolizes purity in opposition to pollution.



Esta foto foi tirada no Santuário Atsuta, dedicado à veneração de Atsuta-no-Okami. Disputando com o Grande Santuário de Ise, o Santuário Atsuta em Nagoya hospeda a Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (草薙の剣), uma espada japonesa lendária e uma das três jóias imperiais. O Santuário Atsuta também abriga mais de 4.000 relíquias, incluindo 174 propriedades culturais (Acervo patrimonial tangível).

Shide é um feixe de papel preso a uma Shimenawa (corda de fibra de arroz) ou Tamaguchi (ramo de Sasaki, árvore nativa do Japão), associada aos rituais de purificação nos santuários xintoístas (mas também nas práticas Ainu). É interessante observar como o papel no Xintoísmo simboliza a pureza em oposição a poluição.

Victor Hugo Kebbe

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