A Japanese Ritual Performance of Laughter

Abe, Goh
January 2010
Society;Jan2010, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p31
Academic Journal
This study examined one of the seven famous Japanese laughter festivals called the Mountain Goddess Festival. A comparative analysis of an old narrative for an origin of the festival with that of a modern one has revealed a continuing folk belief in the local deity’s guardian role in the community. The result of an on-site anthropological field research demonstrated that the tradition of the laughter festival has been reinvented by adding new elements for its continuity.


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