Harae

Harae or harai (祓 or 祓い) is the general term for rituals of purification in Shinto. Harae is one of four essential elements involved in a Shinto ceremony. The purpose is the purification of pollution or sins (tsumi) and uncleanness (kegare). These concepts include bad luck and disease as well as guilt in the English sense. Harae is often referred to as the purification, but is also known as an exorcism to be done before worship. Harae often involves symbolic washing with water, or having a Shinto priest shake a large paper shaker called ōnusa or haraigashi over the object of purification. People, places, and objects can all be the object of harae.

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Ohari - Practice
... There are various ways in which harae is practiced ... holiest of all Shinto shrines”, wooden charms named o-harai, another name for harae or harai, are hung all over the shrine ... In all Shinto religious ceremonies, harae is performed in the beginning of the ritual to cleanse any evil, pollution or sins away before anyone gives offerings to the kami ...
Harae - Practice
... There are various ways in which harae is practiced ... holiest of all Shinto shrines”, wooden charms named o-harai, another name for harae or harai, are hung all over the shrine ... In all Shinto religious ceremonies, harae is performed in the beginning of the ritual to cleanse any evil, pollution or sins away before anyone gives offerings to the kami ...
Ohari
... Harae or harai (祓 or 祓い) is the general term for rituals of purification in Shinto ... Harae is one of four essential elements involved in a Shinto ceremony ... Harae is often referred to as the purification, but is also known as an exorcism to be done before worship ...