Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Photo Essay: The Ladies of Gushiken at the Shinigu 2012
These ten photos give a quick peek at what can be seen during the Gushiken Shinigu.
The elderly women wear the ribbon in their hair with the knot facing forward.
Young ladies have the knot tied behind their heads.
After doing a few dances on lower terrain, up the hill they went.
Drum-beating, songs, dance and worship take place on a spot below a sacred site.
No men are allowed to go up the stairs to the Utaki.
So, you won't see any photos of what takes place up there.
The top of a water tower was made available to capture this photo.
Here, the ladies are facing the East China Sea.
There isn't a happier, healthier bunch of gals anywhere I've ever traveled.
It got me wondering. Maybe, the secret to longevity has something to do with this Shinigu !