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Name
Tatakidô Festival
Address
Kataiwa-machi, Suzu City
Category
Festival
Class
Custom
Designation
Tatakidô Festival: Suzu City Intangible Folk Cultural Asset (March 1993)
Comment
This annual festival is held at Hakusan Shrine in Kataiwa-machi on January 6, and has been designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Suzu City. The festival derives from a legend according to which an ascetic monk with a dog drove away the monkey deity, who demanded a girl as a sacrificial offering every year. On the festival day, the chief parishioner for the year serves sake to the parishioners, and cuts a cod made to look like a girl into pieces. Then, the parishioners throw rice cakes at the chief parishioner, pretending to exterminate the monkey deity. After that, the chief parishioner walks among the people gathered, swinging a branch of Tabu-no-Ki taken from a tree in the year’s auspicious direction. The parishioners then dash into the back hall, taking turns to hold a huge branch of Tabu-no-Ki in their hands. Other people beat the floor of the worship hall with a zelkova stick in unison and shout for joy. This is why the festival was named Tatakidô, or “beating the hall”. It is also called Muikado or Manaita-otoshi.
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Keeper:Suzu City