Historical heritage of "Otou" union


History & Culture of Odagahama

Otou union is a sample of very old historical tradition herited by people of Odagahama during more than 500 years long.
Otou which means captain or head is the role of priest in the village of this district where the priest once was abscent in the age of newly developed area.
People firstly built shirines of Japanese tradition in the new developed area and the oldest leaders played the role of priest in return by their order or age for one year. Even after the priest came to the shrine, they had continued to help priest to do religious ceremonies in the annial schedules. And nearly in the 21st century, people now still have herited the long traditon coming up today.



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