Seven young gods of fortune Fertility rite of Dosojin

In Shimofukuzawa, Japan, the local men's youth association organizes the annual D¯osojin deity festival. The festivities are characterized by paper decorations and pantomime, with sexualized symbols promoting marriage and fertility. Young men of the village play the roles of the seven lucky god...

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Main Author: Omori, Yasuhiro
Corporate Authors: Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan
Format: eBook
Language:Japanese
Published: Watertown, MA Documentary Educational Resources 2007, 2007, 1984
Series:Ethnographic video online, volume 1
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Collection: Ethnographic Video Online Vol. 1 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:In Shimofukuzawa, Japan, the local men's youth association organizes the annual D¯osojin deity festival. The festivities are characterized by paper decorations and pantomime, with sexualized symbols promoting marriage and fertility. Young men of the village play the roles of the seven lucky gods, traditional protectors embodying such blessings as health, prosperity, long life, wealth, respect for Buddhist law, and generosity. Those who have left the village to work in urban areas return every January to take part in the ritual, held for the benefit of newlyweds and for the purification of 42-year-old men, who are thought to be in especial danger from evil spirits
Item Description:Filmed in January 1981 and originally released in 1984
Physical Description:1 streaming video (68 min.)