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Title Seven young gods of fortune : Fertility rite of Dosojin.

Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources, 2007, 1984.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 streaming video (68 minutes).
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1.
Ethnographic video online, volume 1.
Notes Filmed in January 1981 and originally released in 1984.
Summary In Shimofukuzawa, Japan, the local men's youth association organizes the annual D ̄osojin deity festival. The festivities are characterized by paper decorations and pantomime, with sexualized symbols promoting marriage and fertility. Young men of the village play the roles of the seven lucky gods, traditional protectors embodying such blessings as health, prosperity, long life, wealth, respect for Buddhist law, and generosity. Those who have left the village to work in urban areas return every January to take part in the ritual, held for the benefit of newlyweds and for the purification of 42-year-old men, who are thought to be in especial danger from evil spirits.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2010. (Ethnographic video online). Available via World Wide Web.
Language notes In Japanese with English narration.
Other author Omori, Yasuhiro, 1943-
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan.
Subject Buddhists -- Japan.
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Variant Title Fertility rite of Dosojin.