May 142011

A ceremony commemorating pious Princess Chujo was held today in Taimadera, Nara Pref.

In addition to Buddhist rites, a procession of Boddhisatvas took place on a narrow catwalk inside the temple grounds.

The masks severely limited vision of the performers, and amateur saints were accompanied by seeing-eye helpers. But two “professional” saints performed a unique dance all the way on an elevated walkway.

Long time no see, but straight to Show Me Japan by BudgetTrouble blog.

  4 Responses to “When the Saints Go Marching In”

  1. Hey! Great to see you again! If not for those Japanese features in the first photo, it looks like something that might be taking place in India. 🙂

  2. Great photos. And I agree with Anna about the second to last photo looking like it came straight out of India. 🙂

  3. Thank you.

    But I wonder, if Buddhism is practiced in India, and especially in such a form…

  4. India is the birthplace of Buddhism and in the northeastern regions, there are plenty of temples. I’m sure they have their own festivals, too. But what I meant was that those Buddhist guardians (saints) are nothing more than Hindu deities after minor cosmetic surgeries.

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