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Uploaded on Jun 13, 2008
Norito (Shinto prayers) being intoned as part of a shamanistic performance called Omoto Kagura, a kind of ritual drama, that takes place every year in a small village in Shimane prefecture, Japan. The intent of Omoto Kagura is to have the local Kami (God), here called Omoto-sama and represented by a rope snake, descend and "possess" a villager so he may be asked questions about the upcoming year. (Shinto is the native religion of Japan.)