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Tappai (達拝)

One of the forms in Noh and kyōgen. Both elbows are held firmly, and the two hand are grasped and held high in front of the face. A form of worship or respect, tappai is often seen at the start of kagura or otoko-mai or after the nanori of the waki. The gasshō is a similar form, but the hands are opened and placed together with the elbows held less firmly. Tappai is also performed with both hands grasped even when an object such as a fan is held, and the gasshō differs in that the front is turned back in front of the face and held. Can be written in kanji either as “together pray” or “standing pray.”

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