Friday, January 28, 2011

Momiji gari part 2

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This is a continuation of an earlier post.

As the heroes lay unconscious in a drunken stupor they are visited by Hachiman, the god of war and the protective deity of samurai. Interestingly in the kagura dance he is referred to as Hachiman Bosatsu, which is his buddhist identity, and as buddhism was mostly purged from Iwami kagura in the early Meiji period, it leads me to believe this is a post-war dance.

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Hachiman purifies the heroes and also gives them a sacred sword and so the scene is set for the finale, a wild and frenetic swordfight.

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The three demons have new masks and appear in all their fully formed horror.

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There is, of course, no doubt as to the outcome. The good guys will win, and the demons will be destroyed.......

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