The RAI has reedited the original film of this ceremony among the Ainu people of Japan. In the bear ceremony, now no longer performed, a specially reared bear was reverently killed and its flesh and blood eaten by the participants. The film shows a series of ritual acts with some commentary on their meaning.
Language and subtitles
English (no subtitles)
Central Asia and Far East
RitualAnimalsIndigenous peoples / First Nations peoples