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Keka ‰÷‰ß is a term used in Buddhism meaning repentance of one's sins, and refers to the chanting of prayers to various Buddhist deities to express repentance. When the ceremony is addressed to the *Yakushi –òŽt, it is known as Yakushi keka. A very early example of the Yakushi keka ceremony is recorded to have taken place in the year 747, when prayers were said for the Emperor Shoumu's ¹• recovery from illness. The ceremony itself consists of reciting repeatedly the name of the Yakushi nyorai –òŽt”@—ˆ, and is said to have a magical quality because it is always carried out at night. It was very popular in the 8c-9c. as it was believed to silence the unquiet spirits of those who had fallen in political turmoil.
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