immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)

Teaching Resources

Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals

Pilgrimage to Mount Taihei (Taheizan)

Each June, Akakura Mountain Shrine worshippers journey on a two day pilgrimage to Mount Taihei (Taiheizan), a sacred mountain in Akita prefecture (immediately to the south of Aomori prefecture) re-enacting a pilgrimage circuit followed by the shrine foundress. They first stop to pray at Taiheizan Miyoshi Jinja in Akita city, a shrine with which the foundress had close relations. They then ascend Taiheizan mountain (singing "Saigi, Saigi") and sleep on the summit, attending nighttime and dawn services in a beautiful small Shinto shrine on the mountaintop, considered the innermost shrine of Miyoshi Shrine.



Tsugaru 33 Kannonsama Pilgrimage



Great Summer Festival (Taisai)



Internet Resources on Mt.Taihei

Taihei-zan Prefectural Natural Park


Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)