- 奈良教育大学紀要. 人文・社会科学 (ISSN:05472393)
- vol.32, no.1, pp.107-127, 1983-11-25
During the term of the Shunie of the Todaiji Temple, from the first to the fifteenth of March, the Kakocho, list of the departed remarkable for meritorious services to the temple, is read in a chanting tone after the Karichozu, which means a brief recess for urination, on two days of the term, the fifth and the twelfth. The priest in charge of chanting the Kakocho is the Kitashu-no ichi, chief of the four common priests sitting in the north seat in the hall together with two superiors, for the twelfth, and one of the three common priests also seated with another two superiors in the south seat, or a common priest who has taken part in his fifth year's cult, for the fifth. The original of the Kakocho in existence, put in good repair in the eighth year of Kambun (1668 A.D.), is a scroll about thirty meters in lenght with eighty sheets of paper pasted together. After that time on the names of the departed have been written down in a separate scroll, and those put on record so far in the two scrolls exceed 3700 in the aggregate. The first part of the Kakocho is read off rather in a slow repressed tone, the second being chanted in a higher tone and pitch. The third part is read almost straight on, and the chanting of the last is finished off in a slow stream. The time required for this is about forty minutes.