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Iwato revived - Taiso Kagura: An Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Fukuoka Prefecture    



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In the Edo period, the Kuroda clan had Shinto priests in the Omotekasuya District organize a kagura company as one of the schemes to integrate Shinto groups and had them dedicate kagura at Taiso Shrine, the general shrine of the district.
After the Meiji Restoration (1868), the kagura company of Shinto priests was disbanded. However, the enthusiasm of the parishioners led them to hand down the kagura. In the third year of the Taisho period (1914), Sasasetsu, the priest of Taiso Shrine, who was a master of kagura, compiled 13 dances and taught them and handed them down to young parishioners. Since then, with the efforts of a few successors, it has survived till the present through the World War II and the post-war turmoil.
The Taiso Kagura is an Izumo-style sato kagura and is dedicated to the gods at Shingakuden of Taiso Shrines gegu (sister shrine) in spring and autumn every year. Originally, it had a total of 13 dances, including seven maikagura, five omotekagura and one hirukomai that includes a shokagura, but at present only seven of them are performed and dedicated.

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