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Monks’ slash through bamboo stalk ‘snakes’ in ancient rite to gain good harvest

Video footage taken on June 20 at Kuramadera temple in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward shows young men dressed as warrior monks splitting bamboo stalks meant to represent snakes in a rite to augur the coming harvest. The ”takekirieshiki” ritual, which has its roots in the Heian Period (794-1185) when monks are said to have dealt with a large snake at the temple, is believed to grant a more bountiful harvest to those who cut through the approximately 10-centimeter-thick bamboo stalks faster.
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Restrictions:No sales to customers in China or Korea
Clip #:982156378HD
Collection:The Asahi Shimbun Video
Date created:June 20, 2018
License type:Rights-ready
Release info:Not released. More information
Clip length:00:00:36:12
Location:Kyoto, Japan
Mastered to:QuickTime 8-bit Photo-JPEG HD 1920x1080 29.97p More information
Source:The Asahi Shimbun Video
Object name:20180620kuramaderatem
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