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September 01, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Tokyo, Japan—Urban dwellers, looking for something missing from the day-to-day grind of their working lives, are literally heading to the mountains to reconnect with nature and find spiritual fulfillment.
They are devotees of Shugendo, a religion based on ancient Japanese mountain worship that incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Shinto and other faiths.

Among the followers is a 33-year-old man from Tokyo who works weekdays as a sales representative. On his days off, he heads for the mountains, donning a traditional outfit, complete with a conch-shell horn and straw sandals.

He is a yamabushi, a mountain priest trainee. His grueling training regime includes a discipline called nyubu, which involves walking steep mountain paths for a few days while visiting sacred sites and worshipping gods and Buddha. He has a religious name: Shinanobo Zuiryu.

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Shugendo DVD “Where Mountains Fly”

September 01, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

« In the middle of the night, on the 19th day of the 8th month of the 3rd year of the Sôchô era, the sky was filled with a multitude of sounds. The country was shaken as under a powerful earthquake. This mountain arrived through the air, and came down from the sky to rest in our country. Ômine is the place where it landed, and stopped. Ômine is a part of the South-Eastern corner of the country in which Buddha was born. It broke off from the South-Western part of the Diamond grotto on the Vulture Peak.
After that, nothing is known. »

In 538 AD, a mountain flew over from India to land in Japan. The arrival of Mt Ômine in the Kii peninsula is a metaphor for the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. The DVD “Where Mountains Fly” takes you deep into Japanese sacred mountains by way of two narratives: a legend dating back to the 12th c. AD, and contemporary religious practices in the mountains.

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