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2009年 10月 10日


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沖縄学講座に興味のある方は、「早稲田大学 琉球•沖縄研究所」のサイトをご覧ください。

I'm very impressed by a talk session "Eisa Chronicle"
held in Waseda University.
Eisa is a kind of Okinawan folk dance
which has been traditionally performed in Bon.
Bon is a season(?) from 13th to 15th July in the lunar calendar.
People honor ancestors in festivals or rituals during the days.

Originally each Eisa group is consist of young people
in each village, and walks performing in their own village
in the last day of Bon.
However recently there are many Eisa groups not-based on
village communities in Okinawa and other prefectures.

Today's talk was about Tokyo-Eisa's background.
Till 1970's or 80's there were prejudice and discrimination
against Okinawans in "naichi" (other prefectures)
and Okinawans had tendency to feel inferior complex.

Eisa becames a tool for strengthening communities and
raising self-esteem of Okinawans in Tokyo and Osaka.
Talkers in the session were members who based
the activities and founded a Eisa group, "Eisa Shinka."
They has been still core members.
They said that not-Okinawan began to take part in
The Eisa group since late 80's.
Now many of the group are not Okinawan.

I was moved by a story that
they had been encouraged by a Okinawan song
used for Eisa very often.

The song was "Hiyamikachi-bush."
It says how beautiful and peaceful island Okinawa is,
And called out for Okinawans.
"Stand up together in one heart.
Hung on together in one heart.
Okinawa has rich harvest
Let people know about our Okinawa."

Now I'm conducting my field work in
a gay men's Eisa group.
I thought there are same and different motivation
between “Shinka” and the gay group.
Comparing them seems to give me many suggestions.

by hideki_sunagawa | 2009-10-10 01:41 | Okinawa

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