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Rongi (ロンギ)

Noh chants are made up of numerous shōdan. Rongi is one name for shōdan. The rongi are usually sung as a form of question and answer between the actors (mostly the shite) and the jiutai, or between the actors themselves. Rongi are found in many waki-noh mono and kazura mono, with “kuri, sashi, kuse, rongi, nakairi” forming the typical sequence. Said to derive from the rongi, or contemplative discussions of Buddhism, they are sung in rhythm.

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