Friday, February 8, 2013

Haiku: Drums

Dance for her
To erotic drum beats
Sun shines

Japanese Sun goddess Amaterasu emerging from a Cave,
"ORIGIN OF IWATO KAGURA DANCE"
Utagawa Toyokuni III,Kunisada, 1857
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Haiku inspired by the myth of the origins of Japanese taiko drums:
According to myth, taiko was started by Ame no Uzume, a shaman-like female deity. One day, fed up with her cruel younger brother, the sun goddess, Amaterasu, hid herself in a cave. The world became pitch dark and the other deities tried to appease Amaterasu, so that world be bright again. They held a big party in front of the cave and Ame no Uzume danced an erotic dance, stamping her feet on a wooden tub. The gods laughed and cheered loudly and the noise provoked Amaterasu to come out her cave. And thus, the world saw light again.