Saturday, January 7, 2012

It Is To Laugh

According to ancient mythology, Japan's Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, went into hiding in a cave after an argument with her brother that had resulted in the death of one of her attendants. As a result of her entering the cave, the world was plunged into darkness. What to do?

Eventually, she was coaxed out by the prayers and dancing of Ame-no-Koyane-no Mikoto, Hiraoka shrine's main diety along with the laughter of the other gods.

Nowadays, there is an annual Laugh Festival held at Hiraoka Shrine in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture. Priests and followers give it their all to laugh out loud, long and hard.

Other countries and cultures have laugh festivals as well. And laughter can lighten one's burdens even if one has to "fake it" at first. Our minds and bodies are so intertwined that the physical act of laughing or smiling will trigger happy feelings in the mind. Like yawning, laughter is contagious.

So have a good laugh. Even the gods will enjoy it.

Daffy and Porky in Robin Hood Daffy (1958)

Until next, sweet sailing - and laughing.


Arkonbey said...

Perhaps ironically, the sight of those dignified monks fake laughing at the beginning made me completely lose it.


I'm still snickering.

Another video you should have embedded:
"Make 'em Laugh" from Singing in the Rain. (my favorite dance routine next to anything the Nicholas brothers did)

Pandabonium said...

Arkonbey- well, you fake it until you make it I guess.

That clip is some funny stuff all right. My fav Gene Kelly flick is "An American in Paris", btw.

Initially I wasn't going to add any other clips, but was thinking of Daffy when I titled the post because in that Robin Hood Daffy movie there is another part where Daffy tries to shoot the Sheriff with an arrow and ends up firing himself right through a tree. He ends up saying "ha, ha, it is to laugh" at the end of the scene. The clip cannot be imbedded, but you can see it here: