Duke University Press (2003)
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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