I'd like to know how the original scenario for the Boatdrift Ceremony goes. In the anime things go out of control every time the ceremony is held, so I wonder how it is originally supposed to undergo.

Also, it looks like there have been very many ceremonies held in the past, as there are lots of wooden maidens found at the bottom of the vortex inside some sort of cracked dome with a hand in the middle. Characters talked about how the ceremonies have been held for many years, but how many years exactly (or at least approximately)?

And are there any other places in the world like Shioshishio where people gifted with Ena live? Do they also hold Boatdrift ceremonies?

  • considering human civilization tend to live in ocean (Some of them move to surface and start living there), I believe there are many place like Shioshishio. But I don't think they do the exact same of Ofunehiki. It's more like culture thing and might be differ from one another. – Darjeeling May 9 '14 at 0:01

The Ofunehiki is an emulation of the original Ojoshi-sama sacrifice, in an attempt to quell the wrath of the Sea God.

The people of the Shioshishio and Oshiooshi used to take turns providing for the Ofunehiki, but in recent years (pre-ep1) they stopped doing so because the growing animosity between the sea and surface people (evident when Hikari calls a meeting and they end bickering).

In the anime things go out of control because the sea god is very wrathful-ish. My guess is that when Uroko says the Ofunehiki is useless, it is not because it held no power, it is because a poorly-executed ofunehiki would do no effect on the sea god feelings dissolved in the ocean. (lets assume Uroko had very little faith in Hikari).

The wooden maidens (more so the living ones) are very desired by the Sea God, in an attempt to fill the void left by the departing ojoshi-sama. He would gather the fallen wood figurine and guide it to the graveyard with the currents.

There are 16 sea villages around Japan (they also do not care to say what about the rest of the world, but there is a lot of sea out there). It is said somewhere near the end of S1 and the beginning of the S2. If they all hold Ofunehiki or if they have their own version of Uroko-sama is not stated in the anime series.

There is also no reference as to how long Ofunehiki is being held. But you can expect "for centuries" as a good measure. The Ojoshi-sama was a real person, and the sea people are all her descendants, so we can think of an adam-eve kind of timeframe, for her existance to fall into a (almost forgotten) legend.

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