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Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum

History of communities

To people of structure - ancient times of the formation of traditional communities encounter -

Communities of Okinawa quite make communities to back on halfway up a mountain and the foot slope of the south side in slightly elevated hill "forest of mast base" (kusate). Mutuya (head family) of village is located in the top that is central (or controls), and head families of runner-up line up in right and left that one step fell down from there, and branch family is located for increasing prosperity in the anterior surface of lower part.
In addition, behind Mutuya, there is holy place "Utaki (Sacred Grove)" worshiping guardian deity of village, and Shinto knowing Mitake from Mutuya is established.

It is place distantly with an ocean view, or place inviting God of nirai Kanai said to that it brings people happiness and peace from distance of the sea is set on the hill. People of Okinawa formed communities in this way among the sea and forests.

  • As for the use of word "village", communities were called "makyo" (Maki) as blood relative community since the age of entering Ryukyu of Shimazu.
  • Small hill is place where God is enshrined in "the forest of mast base" (kusate).
  • "ibi" means sacred place where God is enshrined with structure of "Utaki (Sacred Grove)". Incense lamp and foundation stone of stone are placed in open-air under the pretense of "ibinume" in front of it.

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