Duke University Press (2003)
Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals
Mountain Opening Ceremony (Yamabiraki)
Most years, the coiled rope is carried by young men from the shrine up most of hte mountain path, and is only uncoiled several hundred meters below the waterfall of Fudo. As the congregation enters the mouth of the Akakura gorge, everyone pauses to grab hold of the rope as it is stretched out taut.
All sing the shrine hymn "Saigi, Saigi" (Repentance, Repentance) accompanied by traditional Tsugaru musicians. A shrine official blows a horn in the background.
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