Kagura Service

The task of reconstructing the entire world as the world of the Joyous Life is a huge undertaking that cannot be accomplished without God the Parent’s help. Through our performance of the ritual known as the Kagura Service, God the Parent manifests once more the immense energy by which humankind and the world were created and thereby enables all human beings to return to their true and original state and thus lead the Joyous Life. The Kagura Service is truly the ultimate means to replace our minds and return to our original state–the way we really are.
The Kagura Service is performed by ten dancers, five men and five women, who wear their respective kagura masks and symbolize by hand-gestures the ten aspects of God the Parent’s complete providence. To perform this Service, the ten dancers take up positions around the Kanrodai (the Stand for the Heavenly Dew), which is set up on the Jiba, the very place where God the Parent resides.

The Kagura Service depicts the state of the Joyous Life World. The ten Service performers, for example, each represent a different aspect of the complete providence, and yet during the course of the Service they bring their minds into perfect harmony with God the Parent’s desire to actualize the world of the Joyous Life. The Kagura Service thus shows us that, although we human beings may differ from one another in terms of our personalities, abilities, and functions in society, we must cooperate with one another in a unity of mind in order to actualize the Joyous Life World.

All people attending the Service–not just the ten Service performers–must bring their minds into unity and pray for God the Parent’s help in actualizing the world of the Joyous Life. That is the goal of the Kagura Service.

Teodori

Following the Kagura Service, the Teodori (Dance with Hand Movements) is performed by three men and three women who stand in a line. Whereas the hand gestures employed in the Kagura Service vary in parts from performer to performer so as to symbolize different aspects of the complete providence, the hand movements for the Teodori are identical among the six performers. Through this song and dance, therefore, we are able to savor God the Parent’s teachings and return to our true and original state.
Local Tenrikyo churches conduct a monthly service, which comprises the seated service–in place of the Kagura Service–and the Teodori. This monthly service is the most important function of the local churches since it enables the church members to receive the truth of the Kagura Service performed at the Jiba.