Ofudesaki 10:025–7

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Author: Miki Nakayama
Date Published: 1998
Pages: 486 (English ed.)

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Ofudesaki 10:025–7 is a set of verses from the Ofudesaki. The English translation below is the sixth edition translation.


How are you hearing this talk? kono hanashi dōyū koto ni kiiteiru このはなし どふゆう事に きいている
It is about the Service of the Kanrodai. Kanrōdai no Tsutome naru no wa かんろふだいの つとめなるのわ
Do not think of this Service as being trivial. chotto shitaru Tsutome naru to wa omou na yo 一寸したる つとめなるとハ をもうなよ
I desire as many as thirty-six people. sanjū roku-nin nin ga hoshii de 三十六人 にんがほしいで
In time, I shall need nineteen performers for the Kagura Service, sono uchi ni narimono irete jūkyū-nin そのうちに なりものいれて 十九人
including those for the musical instruments. Kagura Zutome no ninjū hoshii de かぐらづとめの 人ぢうほしいで

Alternate English translations

Third Edition

How are you listening to this talk? Now I am going to tell you about the Kanrōdai-no-Tsutome, the Service around the Kanrōdai.

Never regard it as a trivial Service! I desire to assemble thirty-six persons to begin with.

In due time I shall need nineteen persons to perform the Kagura-Zutome, the Service with the Holy Masks, including those who play the musical instruments.


What are you thinking as you listen to My words? I am referring to the Service around the Kanrodai.

Do not think of this Service as insignificant. I need as many as thirty-six celebrants.

In addition, I need nineteen others as celebrants for the Kagura Service, including musicians.


Ofudesaki chushaku

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Translator(s): Roy Forbes

10:25–27 How are you hearing this talk? You must not think of this Service of the Kanrodai as a simple ceremony/ritual. The number of performers for the Teodori are thirty-six, plus ten more persons for the Kagura and nine persons for the Narimono for a total of nineteen persons.

10:26, 27 *Note: The Service performers indicated by Oyagami are:
Kagura: 10 persons
Narimono (musical instruments): 9 persons
Teodori: 36 persons (6 persons in one group)
Further, there are 20 people designated as “gakunin” for a total of 75 persons.

『おふでさき註釈』、p. 155


二六、二七、註 親神様の仰せられたつとめ人衆とは
かぐら    十  人
鳴 物    九  人
てをどり   三十六人(六人一組)
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