Duke University Press (2003)
Mountain Opening Ceremony (Yamabiraki)
May 1st. (see
Immortal Wishes, pp. 94-103)
The placing of the shimenawa rice straw rope across the gorge requires the combined efforts of men and women. As men positioned up on the steep side slopes pull at the rope wrapped around trees, women in the small valley floor below help to lift it up.
Purifying paper zigzag cutouts (shime) have been attached to the rope.