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National designated, Important intangible folk cultural property
Classification Ken dance
name Kawanishi Nembutsu Kemburai
alias Kawanishi Dai Nembutsu Ken dance, Igawa Nembutsu Ken dance
Designated date December 13, 1993
Holding group Kawanishi Nembutsu Kenbu Preservation Society
location Shimogawa, Igawa-ku, Oshu

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Great Nenbutsu Kenbu (Iken Kenbu) (Ireken Bai)

Push-in (Okkomi)

Three offenders


Compared to the same type of demon sword dance conducted in the Kitakami Waka region, the Kawanishi Nembutsu Kenbu dance is more conscious of completing sentient beings by the Nembutsu, and has been danced as a spiritual offering during the ritual ceremonies of Bon and Nakasonji. According to tradition, the late Abe family died in the reign of the Fujiwara Kien-Hen, and every night was disturbed, so when Kiyoshi prayed for a dead soul, one monkey was mixed in a mononoke, and kept a good Nembutsu dance. It is said that it begins by having the ghost lead to the pure land while letting dance and let the Buddha dance. Originally, 13 dance figures were 13 figures in the form of 13 Buddhas, but now, 6 Ikamono (dead souls) with an angry face, 1 sarko (Buddha incarnation), 1 Wakado (Female dead soul) The basic is to dance with a total of eight people. However, depending on the program, dance with 1 to 13 people. The costume is a bird zai against the hair bai in Iwasaki (Kitakami city Waka-cho) and Minamitoda (formerly Gionzawa-cho), and the story emphasizes the Zenenbutsu Kenbu (hon Kenbu), and sarco is saved by sarco. There is. Oni-Ken Dance also has elements to save the living beings by the nembutsu and elements to dispel the devil by the rebellion (Henbu: the action to set the ground down), but Iwasaki and others emphasize the revolt against the strong historical principle. On the other hand, Kawanishi emphasizes the strong Nembutsu of the Pure Land religious elements.

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