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月見団子・Moon-viewing Dumplings

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Tsukimi,moon-viewing-party,japan.JPG山形に盛られた月見団子・Moon-viewing dumplings arranged in a mountain shape
Tsukimi,moon-viewing-party,japan” by katorisi. Licensed under CC 表示 3.0 via ウィキメディア・コモンズ.

 

何故お月見に団子を供えるのでしょうか。お月見は、そもそも収穫を祝う行事で、サトイモや豆類を月にお供えして収穫に感謝していたものが、その後月に似せて作った丸い米の団子を使うようになったそうです。

Why dumplings for moon viewing?  Moon viewing originated as a harvest celebration.  Sweet potatoes and beans were initially offered to the moon as a token of thanksgiving.  Later people began to use round sweet dumplings made of rice flour – due to the association of the round shape with the moon.

山の形に団子を盛るのは、団子の先端が「霊界」に通じると考えられてきたからとのこと。盛り塩や立砂(たてずな)が円錐状になっているのも似たような理由なのでしょうか。

Why arrange the dumplings in a pointed mountain shape?  The pointed end is believed to lead to the “spiritual realm.”  It may be for a similar reason that morijio (a chunk of salt at the entrance of a house to ward off evil) and tatezuna (ceremonial mounds of sand at a Shinto’u shrine) have pointed cone shapes.

IMG_6295立砂・Tatezuna

Morijio in Japan.JPG

盛り塩・Morijio
Morijio in Japan” by Show ryu. Licensed under CC 表示-継承 3.0 via ウィキメディア・コモンズ.

【参考・References】

http://www.ja-gp-fukuoka.jp/education/akiba-hakase/001/004.html

Originaly published October 22, 2014

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