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)

Above the Waterfall of Fudo, men attach guide ropes to trees on opposite sides of the gorge. Meanwhile, women worshippers lay out offerings and light candles on the snow.