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Title Seven young gods of fortune : Fertility rite of Dosojin
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources, 2007, 1984


Description 1 online resource (1 streaming video (68 min.))
Series Ethnographic video online
Summary In Shimofukuzawa, Japan, the local men's youth association organizes the annual Dōsojin 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
Event Filmed in January 1981 and originally released in 1984
Notes In Japanese with English narration
Print version record
Subject Buddhists -- Japan
Manners and customs.
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Ethnographic films.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Ethnographic films.
Nonfiction films.
Films ethnographiques.
Films autres que de fiction.
Form Streaming video
Author Omori, Yasuhiro, 1943-
Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Other Titles Fertility rite of Dosojin