Sacred Bangai Series
For over one thousand years the Shikoku pilgrimage has connected a total of 108 sacred temples (comprised of 88 main temples and a further 20 sacred Bangai temples) along a circular route of 875 miles.
Enson Inoue makes this pilgrimage the traditional way, on foot, dressed in his chosen funeral attire, as it is also tradition that one must prepare for death in facing the long journey.
The trials along the way are intended to unveil the truth within, connect with the soul and grow happiness. You can usually follow Enson’s trials on his blog on the Destiny Forever website as he walks the Shikoku pilgrimage.
One by one the beads are acquired, each has been blessed by it’s temple of origin. Bangai beads are considered to have powerful healing abilities. Enson collects 1 mens and 1 women's at every sacred bangai temple.
There are two sacred beads, the brown one for men and the red one for women. On the brown one there is gold writing on either side, one side has a name of the temple and the other side has a number of the temple. The red one just has a name of the temple on it.