"So what is a shrine? The dictionary talks about a receptacle for sacred relics, or a place considered sacred because of its relationship to a holy person or event. That's the religious definition. Today, artists create shrines to express many different things, often not religious. They may be political, humorous, or satirical. They can be about family, travel, nature, or just about anything that interests the creator. They may express a strong emotion of the moment--anger or joy. They may contain a message or comment on everyday events, or be concerned with the same themes found in shrines from ancient times: mankind's relationship to the earth, and the mysteries of life and death."