dengaku

田楽 (でんがく)

ancient rituals, dances, and music related to rice planting and harvesting; meant to ensure a good harvest or to scare away pests, the dances were performed either at New Year’s celebrations or during the actual planting or harvesting season; aspects of these ancient harvest dances were later incorporated into early Noh theater performances; drums were an integral part of the musical accompaniment

Dengaku

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