Strangers in the Sacred Grove: The Changing Meanings of Okinawan Utaki

@article{Rots2019StrangersIT,
  title={Strangers in the Sacred Grove: The Changing Meanings of Okinawan Utaki},
  author={Aike P. Rots},
  journal={Religion},
  year={2019},
  volume={10},
  pages={298}
}
  • Aike P. Rots
  • Published 2019
  • Sociology
  • Religion
  • This article discusses the changing significance of sacred groves (utaki) in contemporary Okinawa. Until recently, utaki were the domain of female ritual practitioners (kaminchu or noro), and men were not allowed to set foot in them. In many places, such taboos have faded away, if not disappeared altogether, and utaki have acquired new meanings in the context of mass tourism, heritage conservation, and environmental degradation. Although there are several studies of the ritual system of the… CONTINUE READING