immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Teaching Resources

Akakura Mountain Shrine



Drum of the late foundress of this branch, in front of the main altar of the family's shrine on the mountain. After this great spirit medium's death in 1991, her daugher assumed primary responsibility for drumming during ritual and divinatory sessions.


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