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Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Religions Vary On ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’
Hunting is not a sport, says comedian Paul Rodriguez. In a sport, he says, both sides should know they’re playing. Who told the animals they’re...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // It Takes Faith To Write On Religion
A passage from the Quran (surah 22:47) states a thousand years is like a day to God. This is Tamagotchi time. By this reckoning, MidWeek...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Reasons People Of Faith Fast
If variety is the spice of life, religion is its dessert. Indulged in the right amount and enjoyed with others at the appropriate time, religion...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Cremation And Death Rituals
This column is a counterpart to the May 28 article on burial. It takes about two hours to cremate a body. Of course, this is...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // The Trouble With Saying God’s Name
Jews, Christians and Muslims are religious siblings who claim to believe in the same God. But do they really? The Quran makes it clear that...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Hawaii’s Obon Season Is Uniquely Ours
The Obon festival in Hawaii is an invented tradition. It is the Spam musubi of Buddhism. It has its origins elsewhere, but it is re-shaped,...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // The Sacrifices Fathers Make For Keiki
A father’s love is the best kind of love and is superior to anything else. This is the view promoted in the world religions, as...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Blending The Physical And Spiritual
In Oriental religion, 道 is way or path of spiritual cultivation. It is pronounced “dao/tao” in Chinese, such as in Daoism/Taoism, but “do/to” in Korean...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // To Bury Or Burn? It’s A Matter Of Faith
What do religions do with a dead body? Here in Hawaii, there are primarily two religious customs for dealing with the deceased: burn or bury....

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Shinto Shrine Bridges Differences
Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu (hereafter Kotohira Jinsha) is a Shinto shrine. And despite its long, awkward-sounding foreign name, it is an active shrine that enjoys...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // Gods Stay Busy With Sports Prayers
The gods love sports. In fact, they are avid sports fans, judging from what goes on at sporting events. They watch and listen to the...

Jay Sakashita
Misfit Spirit // In Hawaii, It’s Who’s Your Buddha?
Buddhism in Hawaii is not for everyone. The local temples may state openly that they welcome people from all backgrounds and hold no bias toward...


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