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This is a common Chinese cultural symbol seen in Chinese-related residences. The Chinese-language expression「福到來」or「到福」means arrival「到」of fortune「福」, and when hung in a house, it represents the arrival of fortune at this house. 「到{とう}」is homophonous with「倒{とう}」(overturn, 転倒{てんとう}); the overturned/upside-down nature of the symbol is a pun on「到」.


Today, 依り代 is broadly used in any context related to spirit possession, and it can be anything or anyone. It's also commonly used outside the contexts of Japanese shinto. It can be a piece of paper, a sword, a tree, a rock, a doll, an animal or a human being. I think it's perfectly fine to use 依り代 to describe some ritual item used by a Voodoo priestess, for ...

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