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From Spirit Possession to Ritual Theatre: A Potential Scenario for the Development of Japanese Kagura

Terence Lancashire
Yearbook for Traditional Music
Vol. 36 (2004), pp. 90-108
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20058793
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The Japanese goddess Ame no Uzume no Mikoto bound up her sleeves with a chord of heavenly pi-kage vine, tied around her head a head-band of the heavenly masaki vine, bound together bundles of sasa leaves to hold in her hands, and overturning a bucket before the heavenly rock-cave door, stamped resoundingly upon it. Then she became divinely possessed, exposed her breasts, and pushed her skirt-band down to her genitals.

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