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Biwa hōshi
also called "lute priests" were travelling performers in the era of Japanese history preceding the Meiji period

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  1. Japanese: 琵琶法師

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    created by user picturefactobot on February 18, 2009
  2. They earned their income by reciting vocal literature to the accompaniment of biwa music

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  3. Often blind, they adopted the shaved heads and robes common to Buddhist monks

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  4. This occupation likely had its origin in China and India, where blind Buddhist lay-priest performers were once common

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