The Takekiri-eshiki is the annual bamboo cutting ritual at Kurama-dera, the Buddhist temple founded in the 8th century AD in the far north of Kyoto, which houses some National Treasures of Japan.
After the memorial service, the teams of local men dressed as warrior monks compete to see which can cut the thick bamboo poles into six pieces the fastest, utilizing great strength and skill with their blades.
This ritual was based on the myth about monk Ebun who conquered a giant snake by a spiritual power during his ascetic training of Buddhism at Kurama-dera from 889 to 897.
This ritual is believed to be started more than 1000 years ago to pray for a huge harvest and appreciate water.
It also appreciates ” Hajakenshou” (破邪顕正) which is the teaching of Bushism to reveal incorrectness before teaching correct views and practices.
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