Sundunchi

Sundunchi

Haitai everyone! How has your 2017 been?? ❤ It is gonna be 2018 soon.

SoooooOOoOOOoooo thankful to went back to Okinawa this year. Thank you, thank you and thank thank you. ❤

It is amazing!! I actually met a Ryukyu fan on IG some weeks back. He was telling me about ancient Ryukyuan religion and then he went onto Nirai Kanai and then introduced me this song on welcoming the Maitreya Buddha.

The worship of Maitreya, known in Okinawan as Miruku Unkee (弥勒御迎), was adopted by the Ryukyuan religion where he is associated with Nirai Kanai. He was enshrined at the Ufuamushirare Temple near Shuri Castle and received royal patronage from the King of Ryukyu. The song, Akata Sundunchi, was sung during the Maitreya festival on the 16th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, which is now held on the Sunday closest to July 16. The festival disappeared during the late 20th century, but was revived and has been held annually since 1994. The song is usually accompanied by sanshin. It has become a popular children’s song.

More on Wiki.

Akata Sundunchi is now a Community Centre.

The festival still go on today. =D

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