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Ryōjite (両ジテ)

While there is normally one shite, or main character, in Noh and kyōgen, at times the status of the shitetsure or adoyaku is elevated to equal status of the shite, and is known as the ryōjite, or “dual shite.” Reasons for the appearance of the ryōjite include cases in which the actor playing the ryōjite has equal status to that of the shite, or when the role of the ryōjite is of equal importance to that of the shite.

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