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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Buddhist dog prays for worldly desires

Conan (L) the Chihuahua, joins Buddhist priest Joei Yoshikuni (R) in prayer at Jigenin temple in Naha, Okinawa

Conan, a chihuahua, two-year-old male with long, black hair and a brown collar, join the buddhists who clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment.
The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him. Joei Yoshikuni, a priest at Jigenin temple on the southern island of Okinawa marvelled that Conan started to pose in prayer like us whenever he wanted treats . He may be showing his thanks for treats and walks in which
clasping hands is a basic action of Buddhist prayer to show appreciation. WhenJoei Yoshikunit starts chanting and raises his clasped hands, Conan also raises his paws and joins them at the tip of his nose. "He gets angry when somebody else sits on his favourite spot. He must be thinking that it's his special place," Oshiro said. Visitors to the temple look on with curiosity

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