ananai 麻柱
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
An ancient word for *ashiba 足場 or ashishiro 足代, scaffolding made of logs and /or rough timber. Derived from ashi-no-oginai 足の補 (foothold); hence, supporting posts that provide a place on which to stand. The document WAMYOUSHOU 倭名抄, dating from the mid-8c, states that a scaffolding was erected at the 8c Yakushiji 薬師寺 in Nara to accommodate the 84 people employed to erect the halo for the Buddha statue of the temple. It reads ;hotoke tsukuri hikari ananai isaoshi hachijuyo hito 作仏光麻柱功八十四人. This term also is found in the DAIFUKI 大府記 (1074), used in reference to the reconstruction of a pagoda at Hosshouji 法勝寺 in Kyoto, which burned down shortly after completion in 1058. It states: daiku ika ananai wo tate kore wo utsu 大工以下麻柱を立て之を打つ, meaning 'a scaffolding was erected beneath the spot where the carpenters had to stand'.


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