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Local festivals throughout the islands often take place on the beach, and involve welcoming gods (esp. Miruku) to the village, with [[harisen|dragon boat]] races, tall decorative pikes or spears festooned with streamers and banners, and music & dances. Similar ritual elements are seen in paintings depicting the welcoming back (or sending off) of [[tribute]] ships bound for (or returning from) China.
 
Local festivals throughout the islands often take place on the beach, and involve welcoming gods (esp. Miruku) to the village, with [[harisen|dragon boat]] races, tall decorative pikes or spears festooned with streamers and banners, and music & dances. Similar ritual elements are seen in paintings depicting the welcoming back (or sending off) of [[tribute]] ships bound for (or returning from) China.
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The idea of deities coming from ''Nirai kanai'' (across the sea) is sometimes paired with an idea of additional deities coming from "''obotsu-kagura''" (from the heavens).<ref>Gregory Smits, ''Maritime Ryukyu'', University of Hawaii Press (2019), 199.</ref>
    
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==References==
 
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*"[http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-42520-storytopic-121.html Nirai kanai]," ''Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia'' 沖縄コンパクト事典, Ryukyu Shimpo, 1 March 2003.
 
*"[http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-42520-storytopic-121.html Nirai kanai]," ''Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia'' 沖縄コンパクト事典, Ryukyu Shimpo, 1 March 2003.
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