Thank you for posting the link. I was lucky to go 4 times to the festival. Really amazing. A few of the armour society members still participate. One day, I should put also the pictures of my last two visits on-line... or maybe make a book or so...
My French consists of French toast and French Fries, but the film was great. More and more females are becoming priests (monks). Several American women have Tonsured as son (Zen) monks in the last few years, Reader is one, she has written extensively on the subject. The nun aspect of most religions is falling aside.
In the early days of Shinto women had a significant part of the shamanistic power. I wonder why the use of the word priestess has become anathema? Nothing wrong with women having a role of equivalent position, but, why deny their sex by using the word priest? I understand the patriarchal religions keeping women out of the priestly ranks since most of them had distinct strictures on sexual relations, Buddhism being one that even considered their touch as unclean. A blood thing. Are they really becoming more enlightened or bowing to the times to survive? John
As if the Tsunami didn't do damage enough! It's such a shame what the nuclear accident has done to this community. They could outlive many hundred years and now half of their town is part of a zone where people are permitted to stay for just two hours because of the radiation.