和英対照「日本文化事典」
Dictionary of Japanese Culture
獅子舞
PHOTO: ランドマークプラザにて
(1999/1/16)

by Takuya Shiba
獅子舞の由来

唐(618-907)から伝わり舞楽として演奏したが、後に変容して太神楽や各地の祭礼などで五穀豊穣の祈祷や悪魔払いとして新年の祝いに行われるようになった。
History of the Shi-shi Mai

Introduced into Japan by China during the Tang period (618-907), the Shi-shi Mai in its early stage was developed as a traditional Japanese Court dance. Later, it was transformed into a form of entertainment for the general public and was presented at festivals throughout the nation.
Especially, the dance has been performed on the occasion of the New Year celebration, as a prayer for the productiveness of five major grains as well as for exorcising evil spirits.
 
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