Sung Japanese narratives of the Buddha’s life and teachings, sung by professionals in a kabuki (theater) manner, particularly common in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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  • Wasan —    Buddhist chant sung in Japanese. The verses are in traditional five and seven syllable lines, set to melodies of eight beats, typical of much Japanese music, articulated by an ō daiko drum. Simpler types of wasan were used to evangelize the… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

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