The Blessed Man Photograph by Yosuke Kashiwakura 22
The Saidai-ji Eyo festival, considered one of the three strangest festivals in Japan, is a Buddhist ritual in which 9,000 men compete to grab just a pair of sacred wooden batons to decide who will be the "blessed man" for the year. The over 500-year-old tradition of Eyo is based on an underlying understanding of the state of human life, greater than the ideals and trends of a single generation, and this idea has been cherished and passed down through the centuries. 日本岡山市的西大寺觀音院舉行的裸祭節為日本的三大 “ 奇祭 ” 之一。在寒冷的 2 月，只穿著兜襠褲 的男子們奮力爭奪據說可以帶來福氣的木棒 “ 寶木 ” 。 “ 寶木 ” 兩根為一對，長約 20 厘米，並經過了 14 天的祈禱。當天晚 10 點，西大寺的住持從高約 4 米的正殿的窗戶將寶木扔下。用冷水清洗過身體， “ 熱氣騰騰 ” 的數千人開始了一場 “ 肉搏 ” 戰。經過激烈的搶奪競技之後，搶到寶木的男子們就可以進 行下一步儀式－受封為「福男」。 23
Frosted Tamarack Swamp Photograph by Adam Dorn 24
There's Always One Photograph by Yashani Shantha 25
A Shepherd's Flock Photograph by Juan Aguilar 26
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