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Title: 巫女舞いについて
Other Titles: On the Miko Dances of the Kyushu Islands
Authors: 福島, 邦夫
Authors (alternative): Fukushima, Kunio
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2006
Citation: 長崎大学総合環境研究. 2006, 8(2), p. 17-30
Abstract: This paper points out that there was and still is a strong tradition of miko in the western parts of the Kyushu islands. Miko is a female dancer or shaman who are mostly over 55 years old or who are very young, still of a pre-menstruation age. The research area covered Tsushima of Nagasakai Prefecture, Kishuku and Shiratori in Fukuejima of the Goto Islands also in Nagasaki Prefecture, Koshikijima of Kagoshima Prefecture, and Kuchino-shima of the Tokara Islands also of Kagoshima Prefecture. In these areas, the dances are performed wearing extraordinary costumes and with drums. The gestures and dances show a common historical background and tradition in these areas. They move in a circular orbit for the second, third and fourth dances. Comparing the dances at different sites revealed that the miko is not a maiden, but a priestess or shaman. However, more extensive research encompassing more examples is necessary to draw an even clearer picture of this important dance in the kagura of Kyushu Islands.
Keywords: miko / dances / priestess / shaman / kyushu-islands
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/9750
ISSN: 13446258
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Appears in Collections:Volume 8, No. 2

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/9750

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