How to make a shrine

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How to make a shrine
Build a shrine for inspiration or worship. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Shrines are monuments created to worship a god, remember a lost loved one or honour an inspiring person. Though traditional shrines are religious in nature, some have made shrines in honour of a favourite celebrity or deceased pet. With a bit of free space and a few personal items, anyone can build a shrine to remember and express their appreciation for someone or something they admire.

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    Set aside a special place for your shrine, such as an empty closet, cabinet or shelf. If you'd like to carry the shrine around with you, consider placing your shrine in a box or tin. If something special happened in a certain spot and you wish to remember the moment, try to build a shrine in that spot.

  2. 2

    Say prayers, make offerings or perform an anointing ritual to establish the shrine as a holy place. Skip this step if you are building a secular shrine, or if you don't perform these rituals in your spiritual practices.

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    Paint the shrine a colour that is meaningful to your faith or the subject of the shrine.

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    Place items in the shrine that inspire you or remind you of the shrine's subject. Buddhist shrines, for example, include a Buddha image or statue. Catholic shrines may include a Cross and Rosary. Shrines for a loved one may include funeral flowers, photos and personal items. A shrine for a writer or poet you admire can include a book of his work.

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    Place worship and meditation aids in your shrine, if desired. These can include candles, incense, prayer beads and any other items important to your spiritual rituals.

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    Arrange the items in your shrine respectfully so that more significant items are higher or more prominent than less significant items.

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