immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals

The Mountain Opening Ceremony (Yamabiraki)

May 1st.   (see Immortal Wishes, pp. 94-103)

As the entire congregation continues to sing the shrine hymn, "Saigi, Saigi" (Repentance, Repentance") everyone helps carry the rope up the final slope, as the beautiful upper reaches of the gorge come into view.


To see Quicktime video clip of congregation carrying the rope as they approach the gorge, click here or on the image.

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