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ORIGINS OF THE GREAT SEND-OFF FIRES (送り火) PART 1-

The origins of the Shukyo Gyoji (宗教行事/aka Oshorai おしょらい) are hazy at best, but there are many stories about how the great mountain fires came to be.
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#五山送り火 #GozanNoOkuribi #大文字 #Daimonji #京都 #Kyoto
Iwata Hideaki (岩田英彬) in his work 'Kyo no Daimonji Monogatari' (京の大文字ものがたり) says "The event was launched by people with no particular status or fame, so there’s no record of its origin". This helpfully explains why we know so little about the Okuribi (送り火). 2/10
a) KUYA (空也上人)-
The Nihongi Ryaku (日本紀略) records that in 963 Kuya, wishing to celebrate completion of Saiko-ji (西光寺/the current Rokuharamitsu-ji 六波羅蜜寺), held a huge memorial service, with 600 monks chanting the Wisdom Sutra by the banks of the Kamo River. 3/10
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