9,000 Men Trying To Touch “Lucky” Man

Photo Credit:9,000 half-naked men try to touch a “lucky” man at a “naked festival” to protect them from evil spirits and disease. 27-year-old, Shuki Matsumoto, was chosen by the Owari Okunitamajinja shire to be their “shin otoko” which means man of god and as he was approaching the shire he was rushed by 9,000 men in traditional “fundoshi” loincloths. The shin otoko is supposed to take all of humanity’s misfortunes onto him, relieving those who touch him on his way up to the shrine. It took the man an hour to make his way up to the shrine and towards the end they pulled him by a rope over the heads of the yelling men. Click HERE to see the video

[Asahi]