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02-23-09, 08:49 PM #1
9K nearly naked men seek sacred wood in the name of religion
OKAYAMA, Japan, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- About 9,000 men clad only in loincloths joined in a free-for-all at a Buddhist temple in Japan Sunday, trying to secure two pieces of sacred wood. The event at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama was part of the 500th anniversary of Saidaiji Eyo, described as "one of Japan's three oddest festivals," Kyodo reported.
Whoever got out with the two chunks of wood, if not his "fundoshi" or white loincloth, was to be proclaimed by the temple's monks as "the man of fortune for the year."
The ceremony began about 10 p.m. Saturday with a purification ritual in which the men poured cold water on themselves. Then, at midnight, the monks turned off the lights and dropped the two 8-inch sticks among them and the struggle began.
There was no word on who turned out to be the lucky guy.
02-24-09, 02:47 AM #2
all righty thenDon't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things!
02-24-09, 08:51 AM #3
9K nearly naked men seek sacred wood in the name of "hey ya'll!" "watch this"
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02-24-09, 07:00 PM #4
I've heard of this festival before, the guys take it very seriously and some get seriously messed up during the mobbing. Broken bones are common, as are nasty cuts, scrapes, concussions, etc etc.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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03-01-09, 07:51 AM #5
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