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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Mikakushi shinji
"Body hiding rite." A festival held on May 3 at Yaegaki Shrine in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The enshrined kami are Susanoo-no-mikoto (see Susanoo) and Kushinadahime. The rite is associated with the story of Kushinadahime having hidden herself in the inner sanctuary (okunoin) on the occasion of Susanoo's battle with and defeat of the great serpent Yamatanoorochi.  After making a farewell offering (nagori no gosen), the Kushinadahime procession sets out for the "husband and wife pine" (meotomatsu; two pine trees grown together, a symbol of marriage) at the inner sanctuary. Led by the image of Sarutahiko, the portable shrine (shin'yo) makes its way forward accompanied by youths shouting "yaitō, maitō" and brandishing blue and white ritual batons. Throngs of young men and women bustle about since it is said that those who see the procession will be blessed with a good marriage partner.  A return procession takes place on December 15.
— Mogi Sakae

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