Encyclopedia of Shinto

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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Mikiai no shinji
"Sake distilling rite." A festival held September 9 at Susa Shrine in Sada Town, Hikawa District, Shimane Prefecture. This rice-harvest thanskgiving event is based on an ancient ceremony on the occasion when Susanoo-no-mikoto took Kushinada-hime as his wife. Priests (shinshoku) boil about 1.8 liters of unhusked rice (genmai) over a fire started using a stick and fireboard. The rice is dished out into 18 unvarnished wooden bowls that are arranged alongside bowls filled with daikon radishes and turnips and, accompanied by chopsticks, offered up to the kami. The shrine's chief priest (gūji) chants secret songs passed down through his family; when he finishes, the person responsible for next year's festival is selected.
— Mogi Sakae

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