1.15.2011

Pilgrimage



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Historical note: Fuke Zen was a branch of Zen Buddhism practiced in Japan from the 13th century until the late 19th century, with Fuke monks noted for playing the shakuhachi flute as a form of meditation and for wearing large woven basket hats that covered their entire heads as they went on pilgrimage.

Fuke was eventually banned by the authorities because warriors and spies were disguising themselves as pilgrim monks, using the basket hats to conceal their identities and move freely around the country fomenting unrest.

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