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Notto (ノット)

Notto is a shortened form of norito, which means a blessing. The notto is chanted by the role of the priest or miko to celebrate the gods. It is said to resemble prayers of the main priest, and is chanted at a low register out of rhythm. Notto appears in Kanawa, Kokaji and Makiginu. The hayashi performed while the notto is chanted has the same name, and is characterized by the kotuzumi setting the rhythm and the inclusion of the flute and the ōtsuzumi. Notto chants also appear in the kyōgen play Negiyamabushi.

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