shiba moete namahage odoru kagura kana
Namahage absorbed in
sacred music and dance
Namahge give performances through sacred music and dance in the festival. The Oga people have coexisted with nature, inventing drama between human beings and the guardian deities. Giving birth to a feeling of mystery, the festival presents children something exciting and fantastic. The children gradually develop a sense of affiliation with their community and its culture, while the men who act as Namahage reinforce their identity and the continuity of their longstanding traditions.
By Hidenori Hiruta