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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
"Offering." A rite held late at night on October 13 at Usa Hachiman Shrine in Muya-chō, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. The husband, wife, and daughters from the parishoner household (ōtō, see tōya) charged with making the kagami mochi (pounded rice cakes used at the New Year), steamed foods, and sweet sake used in that year's festival, along with five groups of husbands, wives, and daughters from the households of other parishoners who render service to the shrine (yoritō), gather and proceed to the shrine attired in the finery of brides and bridegrooms. Carrying on their heads round tubs called hanbo into which offerings have been placed, the wives proceed with their daughters to the altar and present the offerings. After withdrawing, the husbands and wives line up and receive offering sake (miki). The ogoku rite is said to be a prayer for an abundant harvest of gokoku (the five grains: wheat, rice, foxtail millet [awa], chinese millet [kibi], and beans), but it may also refer to human sacrifice.
— Mogi Sakae

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