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  torih

 

Thailand

A torih is a traditional Shinto gate (fig.) used to mark the entrance to a sacred space. There are several varieties, yet in general they are often red with black in colour and they usually consist of two vertical pillars, topped by a horizontal lintel, and kept together by a tie-beam.

 

These ones, near the Japanese built infamous Bridge over the River Kwae (fig.), with pillars with a slight inward inclination, have a supporting strut centered between the top and bottom lintels, as well as an elongated decorative black support at the foot called nemaki, which translates as ‘root sleeve’, and the ones in the photo below are placed in rows, one after another, thus creating a tunnel-like effect.

See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2) and (3) .

 

  torih