Kagura

Kagura (神楽, かぐら, `god-entertainment`) is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance—with roots arguably predating those of Noh. Once strictly a ceremonial art derived from kami`gakari (神懸, かみがかり, `oracular divination`) and chinkon (鎮魂, ちんこん, `spirit pacification`), Kagura ha...
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kagura

(from the article `arts, East Asian`) ...emperor. Thus, special Shint music was devised for use in Imperial shrines, a tradition already familiar from the discussion of China and Korea. ... From prehistoric times, dances have served as an intermediary between man and the gods in Japan. Kagura dances dedicated to native deities and ... ...
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Kagura

Ancient form of dance-drama that predates NO.
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Kagura

Kagura is the music of Shinto. It is used on formal occasions at shrines or imperial functions and at Shinto folk festivals. The songs and dances are meant to praise the gods and to entertain them. Music at seasonal festivals is performed on drums, rattles, and flutes. Dancers at these festivals perform inside and outside the shrines; their perform...
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