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
Distributing stakes. A ta-asobi (rice-field pantomime) rite held on February 13, at the Ugan Shrine in Ikeda Town, Imadate County, Fukui Prefecture. Participants wearing masks representing old men and women, stick a tree into a round-shaped rice cake (kagami mochi) of about sixty centimeters in diameter, and, holding objects symbolizi8ng hoes, enct a performance which imitates work in the fields. At the end, five stakes about one hundred eighty centimeters long are thrown before the shrine. Local parishioners (ujiko) scramble to get them, and those who succeed in gaining possession of one of the stakes run around hitting them against the shrine buildings. The purpose of the rite is to pray for an abundant harvest.
— Mogi Sakae

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