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Attendees at Obon Festival, Portland, Oregon, 1996

  • 1996
  • Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist celebration held in the summer to honor one’s ancestors. According to a Buddhist legend, a disciple of Buddha had a meditative vision of his mother suffering in the World of Hungry Ghosts. Buddha instructed him to provide a feast for the monks returning from their retreats. After this act of kindness, his mother was released and danced for joy. To honor this story, participants in the festival take part in a Bon Odori (Obon dance), hang lanterns, visit memorials, and offer food. The first record of this celebration in the United States was in San Francisco in 1931. Since then, the festival has traveled along the west coast, and Portland was no exception. The Oregon Buddhist Temple annually hosts an Obon Festival where more experienced Bon Odori dancers lead groups in traditional dances. They also provide entertainment and vendors such as lion dancers. The emphasis is on ignoring ego and dancing for joy.
Work Type
  • p345:Obon-Festival-1996-01
Local Collection Name
Local Collection ID
  • P345
Submission Date
  • 06/24/2020
  • 10/14/2022


Oregon Multicultural Archives, Oregon State University. (28 May 2024). Attendees at Obon Festival, Portland, Oregon, 1996 Retrieved from https://oregondigital.org/concern/images/fx71d204r


Oregon Multicultural Archives, Oregon State University. "Attendees at Obon Festival, Portland, Oregon, 1996" Oregon Digital. 28 May 2024. https://oregondigital.org/concern/images/fx71d204r


Oregon Multicultural Archives, Oregon State University. "Attendees at Obon Festival, Portland, Oregon, 1996" Oregon Digital. Accessed 2024-05-28. https://oregondigital.org/concern/images/fx71d204r


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Data Sources
Footer Number Term External URI
1 Williams, Chuck, 1943-2016 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80156869
2 Williams, Chuck, 1943-2016 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80156869
3 Ullambana http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85139438
4 Festivals http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85047932
5 color photographs http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300128359
6 photographs http://vocab.getty.edu/aat/300046300
7 Portland >> Clackamas/Multnomah/Washington Counties >> Oregon >> United States https://sws.geonames.org/5746545/
8 Chuck Williams Photographs (P 345) http://opaquenamespace.org/ns/localCollectionName/p_345
9 Oregon State University http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80017721

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