Duke University Press (2003)
"Saigi, Saigi" (Shrine Hymn)
This call-and-response song is one of the very first things learned by a new worshipper at the Akakura Mountain Shrine: it is sung every night at evening services and is performed during every major ceremony and pilgrimage over the course of the annual cycle. During the mountain opening ceremony in May, the singing climbers are sometimes accompanied by professional Tsugaru musicians.
VIDEO CLIP: "Saigi, Saigi" being sung by senior kamisama spirit medium and the congregation at the shrine's 1991 summer festival. Click here. (2.8 MB)
VIDEO CLIP: "Saigi, Saigi" being sung by the congregation climbing the mountain for the May 1st Mountain Opening Ceremony. Click here (2 MB)
TEXT OF SONG
1. [Priest]:Saigi! Saigi!
(Repentance! Repentance!) (or; Cleansing! Cleansing!)
2. [Congregation]: Rokkonsaigi!
(Cleanse the six roots of perception)
3. [Priest]: Oyamase hachidai..
(The sacred mountainŐs eight great..)
4. [Congregation]: ...Kongodosha
(The [eight deities] Kongodoji)
5. [Priest]: Itsuni nanohai!
(One by one [we will] worship, or; [we will] worship [the kami] one by one)
6. [Congregation]: Namuki myochorai!
(Please bless us!)
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