immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals

The Great Summer Festival (Taisai)

Priests waves gohei (purification wand) over offerings on side table. (This action is not visible to the seated worshippers in the Shinden, who are gathered in respectful silence during the rite.)  In the background are visible oshirasama figurines in gold brocade, brought by worshippers for the day of the ceremony.