Orochi Snake Dance Shimane

Orochi snake dance performance, Shimane, Japan

The yamata no orochi story is the best known of all Japanese myths in the Shimane area, and tells the story of the defeat of an 8-headed serpent by Lord Susano (commonly known as the brother of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess). Following the killing Susano marries Kushinada Hime, a local princess.

In this performance, owing to the small stage area, only 4 serpents dance.

Orochi Kagura.
Jake Davies

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