immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)



(See Chapter Three. "Labor and Rebirth:  Cosmological Kinship in the Annual Ritual Cycle.")

I. The Annual Ritual Cycle



Note: The annual ritual cycle at Akakura Mountain Shrine is governed by a combination of the Japanese lunar and solar calendars. For a helpul introduction to the lunar calendar in Japan, see the website by Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara :

II. Other Ritual Practices


Related Internet Resources

RITUAL TRADITION AS VITAL HISTORY: Shinto Festivals as a Gateway to Japanese Cultural History (Nold Egenter)

Shinto Purification Rituals: An Aesthetic Interpretation (Includes Quicktime video clips)

Based on an article by James Boyd and Ron Williams, "Artful Means: An Aesthetic View of Shinto Purification Rituals," Journal of Ritual Studies, Volume 13, Number 1, Summer 1999, pp. 37-52.



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