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BO FURI

Swinging the Staff

Characters:
Bo-Furi ( Staff Swinger )
Devotees (All of the Performers )

This is the only performance without masks. It is done at the conclusions of the Spring and Autumn Public performances. At the Spring performance the play ends with the ringing of a bell. The staff-swinger represents a Demon and it is believed that this performance wards off evil.

The veiled staff-swinger enters stomping at the four corners of the stage to purify it. The staff is decorated with strips of colored cloth. He waves it to the right then the left then up and down. The troupe members fan him while keeping time and cheer him saying "Cho - Ha - Sassai". The staff-swinger repeats the purification several times. He puts his staff down, jumps back and forth over it, then leaves. The devotees clap.