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All you have to do is look (76)

Posted by ampontan on Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Byodo-in Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto. It was built in 998, and its most famous building is the Phoenix Hall, built in 1053. Last month, the priests conducted a ceremony, the Hakken-shiki, to temporarily place the spirit of the statue of the Buddha in that hall into a yellow sphere while the hall is being repaired. The work is scheduled to end in March 2014.

Though this is a Buddhist temple, the ceremony was Shinto. Gagaku, which is Shinto ceremonial music, is heard at the end of the video.

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One Response to “All you have to do is look (76)”

  1. pumpkin said

    I think you’ll find gagaku isn’t unusual at the oldest temples, not necessarily Shinto.
    http://www.kosei-gagakukai.jp/about.html
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    P: Thanks for this. I’m glad you sent that in.

    -A.

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