Songs for the Kagura

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Mikagura-uta
Mikagura-uta (Japanese).jpg
The Service
Sections One, Two, and Three
Songs for the Kagura
Section Four
Yorozuyo
Section Five
(Twelve Songs)
Song One
Song Two
Song Three
Song Four
Song Five
Song Six
Song Seven
Song Eight
Song Nine
Song Ten
Song Eleven
Song Twelve
Composer
Oyasama
Date Composed
1866–1882

The Songs for the Kagura refer to the words to the Kagura Service. They comprise sections one, two, and three of the Mikagura-uta.

When conducted as a Monthly Service conducted at Tenrikyo Church Headquarters, section one is conducted 21 times, section two done once, and section three done in three sets of sevens for a total of 21 times.

The Songs for the Kagura also happen to serve as the basis of the seated service conducted at daily services at Church Headquarters, prayer services, and all services conducted at regional churches. In such cases, section three is repeated in three sets of threes for a total of nine times.

Songs for the Kagura: Content

The Songs for the Kagura Kagura no ji-uta かぐらの地歌
Section One Dai issetsu 第一節
Sweeping away evils, please save us, Ashiki o harōte tasuke tamae あしきをはらうてたすけたまへ
Tenri-O-no-Mikoto. Tenri-Ō-no-Mikoto てんりわうのみこと
Section Two Dai ni-setsu 第二節
Just a word: Listen to what God says. Choto hanashi Kami no yū koto kiite kure ちよとはなし かみのいふこときいてくれ
I never tell you anything wrong. Ashiki no koto wa iwan dena あしきのことはいはんでな
Representing heaven and earth Kono yō no ji to ten to o katadorite このよのぢいとてんとをかたどりて
I have created husband and wife. Fūfu o koshirae kitaru dena ふうふをこしらへきたるでな
This is the beginning of the world. Kore wa kono yo no hajime dashi これハこのよのはじめだし
(Namu Tenri-Ō-no-Mikoto. Yoshi yoshi) (なむてんりわうのみこと よし よし)
Section Three Dai san-setsu 第三節
Sweeping away evils, hasten to save us. Ashiki o harōte tasuke sekikomu あしきをはらうてたすけせきこむ
All humankind equally purified, Ichiretsu sumashite Kanrodai いちれつすましてかんろだい
The Kanrodai.

Notes

The official English translation of the Songs for the Kagura can be found in the following publications:

  • Mikagura-uta: The Songs for the Service. Tenrikyo Church Headquarters.
  • The Life of Oyasama, Foundress of Tenrikyo -- Manuscript Edition, third edition. Tenrikyo Church Headquarters, p. 56.
  • Yoboku's Guide to Tenrikyo. Tenrikyo Overseas Mission Department, p. 9.