Olympics of the Dead


From grass by the river

Insect voices:

Tonight, a village presents

Its Olympics of the Dead …


………………………..(Hanase Matsuage, 15.8.08)


One Response to “Olympics of the Dead”

  1. This refers to the sending-off of the spirits of the departed at the end of the festival of O-Bon. At Hanase, the strongest villagers accomplish this by attempting to throw burning torches into a brazier of wood at the top of a 20m pole. The festival ends with drums and song.

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