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These are the cliffs off of which yamabushi (Shugendo Mountain ascetics) hang each other when they make promises to Zao Gongen, the mountain deity.
This is the traditional outfit worn by a yamabushi -- a Shugendo mountain ascetic. Strangely enough, pretty much every part of this flamboyant outfit has a practical purpose -- for example, there's an odd little black hat you strap to your forehead, but which also doubles as a drinking cup. There is also a pelt that hangs down from the back of the belt so the yamabushi can sit down comfortably anywhere.
The clothes they put us in for the mountain ascetic waterfall purification ritual.