Shishi Gashira

Shishi Gashira

History

There were a number of clapping toys made around 364 BC. They were given to guard the children and drive away evil spirits.  In Greece the rattles imitated the noise of a snake and in Rome the priests used a sistrum in their sacred ceremonies to Isis.

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In the middle ages rattles were used to call the faithful to prayer during Lent when the ringing of bells was forbidden.

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This toy is a copy of one given to children in Japan.  The lion has guardian duties not only of people but also inanimate objects such as the temples.

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Red is chosen for girls, it being an active colour.  Black, a passive colour, is given to boys.

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