immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals

The Great Summer Festival (Taisai)

The Great Summer Festival (Taisai) at the end of July is the most widely attended ceremony of the annual ritual cycle at Akakura Mountain Shrine.  The most dedicated worshippers usually gather in the evening of the first day in the Shinden for a performance of "Saigi, Saigi" by a senior spirit medium. The next morning a much larger group of several hundred persons--often including local dignitaries and politicians -- gathers for a formal Shintõ ceremony supervised by male Shinto priests, followed by a performance of the shamanic Cooking Pot (kamado) rite supervised by female kamisama spirit mediums. Afterwards, most worshippers stay for lunch and entertainment.

Previous Ceremony:

Taiheizan Pilgrimage (June)



Next Ceremony:

Hakkoda Pilgrimage

See: Slide Show from the 1997 Summer Shrine Festival

See: Videos from the 1991 Summer Shrine Festival






Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)