... with drums and fire.
Japanese Buddhist High Church, a "Fire Ceremony"
My knowledge of Buddhism is very superficial, and I have no idea about the significance of this ceremony. I'm guessing that this is one of those forms of Esoteric Buddhism that began in northern India and found their way into Japan by way of Tibet, China, and Korea centuries ago. I presume that they are chanting a Sutra or Buddhist scripture.
It appears to be some kind of healing ritual, or at least healing might be part of the ritual.
Whatever it is, it's very dramatic to watch.
This is an encore presentation from last year. I hope my longtime audience will be patient.
Womb Mandala, Heian Japan, 9th century
Womb Mandala, detail
Golden Hall of the Jingo-ji Temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, Kyoto, founded in 824.
And lest we think that getting bored and impatient with church is exclusively Western, here is one of four 12th century scrolls together known as Choju Giga (Frolicking Animals). Here, monkeys, rabbits, and foxes perform a Buddhist ceremony. A monkey chants a sutra before a frog Buddha while another monkey in the upper right dozes over his rosary.