- 公益社団法人 日本造園学会
- ランドスケープ研究 (ISSN:13408984)
- vol.81, no.5, pp.571-576, 2018-03-30 (Released:2018-07-17)
Since middle ages Ryukyu Kingdom, Amami Oshima have long had faith in such an indigenous folk religion as Noro. This religion maintained sanctuaries such as Kamiyama (a holy mountain) and Kamimichi (a clean way), miya (a central plaza), toneya (a religious hut). However, Noro faces the crisis of the extinction as a result that a religious system changed under the influence of the modernization. Therefore, we investigated the succession of Noro religion in each village and relationship with ritual spaces from interview to regional inhabitant. As results, it was clarified that the village events as “the respect for the elderly festival” and Noro religion such as “the harvest festival” were gathered, to reduce the burden on local resident and to invite gallery. Moreover, it was confirmed that miya and toneya were not only easy to maintain but also utilized. On the other hand, kamiyama was maintained but is not used. Moreover, kamimichi was just before disappearance without being used.