Pokkuri temples

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In Japanese religion, pokkuri temples (ポックリ寺) are temples where elderly women go to pray for a swift death. Typical focuses of these temples include relieving a mother of her burden on her son or son-in-law (Japanese couples being expected to support all of their grandparents), or preventing incontinence during old age. For the latter purpose there is an especially interesting Zen temple where old people come and focus their prayers on the temple toilet.

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