Tenri 05672_C | Ainu textiles: Cloth weighted with affection and prayer 🇯🇵

Use of very large tsuno-tokki on this robe indicate a strong prayer to protect and even ward off the potential of attack by payoka kamuy (deity of smallpox) and by Wajin men, who were known for sexually colonizing Ainu women, i.e. sexual assault and then taking them as “genchi tsuma” or as Ezo wives (Tenri Sankokan Museum collection)

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