- 現代民俗学研究 = Journal of Living Folklore (ISSN:18839134)
- no.2, pp.41-56, 2010-03
Taking the example of the annual Kurayami Festival at the Ookunitama Shrine in Tokyo’s Fuchu city, this thesis will consider the handling of conflicts that arise at the festivals, and also the "rules" of festivals which can be seen from that example. Although various conflicts may arise at festivals, these are handled according to different rules than those applied to conflicts that arise in everyday life. Kurayami Festival, which is also sometimes called the "Argument Festival" , is known for its frequent conflicts. This thesis takes as examples conflicts that have arisen at the Kurayami festival , and clarifies the reasons for the conflicts, how they were handled,and according to which "rules". In addition, by posing the question "why was he hit?", this thesis aims to offer a new viewpoint on the issue of the conflicts that arise at festivals.