Kagura

Kagura is a ceremonial art form linked with the Shinto religion. The origins of the dance form is traced back to the legendary tale about the sun Goddess, Amaterasu. According to legend, she retreated into a cave, bringing darkness and cold to the world. It is said that Ame-no-Uzume, the Goddess of dawn and revelry, led the other Gods in a wild dance and persuaded Amaterasu to emerge out of the cave. This one event gave birth to a number of ritual dance styles, Kagura being one of them.