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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Shrine Rituals
This is a call made by the priest and people involved in a festival and is used during various rituals and ceremonies, when invoking the kami (kōshin), opening and closing sanctuary doors and at divine processions. It is addressed to the kami as well as to those in attendance, encouraging them to be respectful. The person performing this task is called keihitsuyaku and was also called sakiharae or sakigoe in ancient times. The practice was also used in imperial processions. The usual procedure is to bow low from either a sitting or standing position and utter a loud call, "Ooo" or "o-shi-," with a long intonation. The call may be given once or three times.

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