Miko (巫女) are supplementary priestess at Shinto jinjya. The roll is traditionally filled by young, Japanese women, but after working one hot and humid summer as a volunteer at her local jinjya Kaylah was made their official “Miko” shrine maiden. During the week she studies for her Asian Studies degree, but on the weekends and during holidays she dresses in the traditional robes and is tasked with cleaning the area around the temple, working at temple events, preforming sacred cleansing and sacred dances.
Many foreigners will tell you that Japan is a less then welcoming or inclusive place for "gaikokujin" (foreign-country person). But by working hard Kaylah has found a place in her local spiritual community.
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