Okinawa Pt 4 – Tamaudun

Just next to Shuri Castle is Tamaudun, the Ryukyu royal family mausoleum used since the 16th century. The Okinawan burial traditions are quite different from mainland Japanese – the bodies were stored in stone chambers for several years after which the bones were ritually cleansed and placed in mausoleums. The buildings here were extensively damaged during the war but have been restored.

Approach to the front entrance:

The main mausoleum. The left chamber was for kings and queens, the right one for princes and princesses, and the central one was where they stored the bodies:

Door:

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