Friday, June 29, 2012

Kanzui Matsuri part 8


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This is the second half of a post on the Oeyama dance as performed at last years matsuri up in Kanzui, The first half can be found here.

The group of heroes dressed as yamabushi find their way to the demons lair and after convincing the demons that they are real yamabushi are invited to spend the night,

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There are 4 heroes, and the boss demon and three aides, so a total of 8 dancers packed into the tiny performance space. The king of the demons is distinguished by his oversized mask.

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The heroes share the drugged sake with the demons and when they are drunk the fighting begins, each hero putting paid to one demon.


The final scene is when the king demon is confronted by the main hero. But the demon has a trick up his sleeve,..... a demon spider....


I had not seen the spiderweb and spider used in the Oeyama dance before...

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The hero of course defeats the spider and the demon and so the world is once again safe.....

It was now 3:30 am and the kagura would be going on for another 3 hours but I left as I felt I neede to put in an appearance at my own villages matsuri which was also being held this night....

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