Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle
December 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the early morning on December 21, people gathered to worship the rising sun of the winter solstice at the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle. Many villagers from Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku took part in the ceremony to pray for good health and development of the communities. It is a legend of old that the sun is reborn on the day of the winter. Carrying on this tradition, the gathering is held every year on the holiday before and after the winter solstice.
At the gathering, a play called “An Oath at a Wedding Ceremony,” in which a couple swears their marriage to Gasamaru, the owner of Nakagusuku Castle, was performed. Mitsue Nakamura, a member of the Nakagusuku Village Cultural Association, wrote the screenplay of the drama.
Members of the cultural associations of both villages performed Ryukyuan Classic music. Many people came to enjoy the ceremony and event.
(English translation by T&CT)
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