具志頭親方蔡温文若伊呂波琉歌 / Ryukyuan iroha verse anthology by Gushichan Uēkata Cai Wen/Sai On
This was handwritten by Mr. Kudaka (first name unknown) and printed on March 17, 1881. It is a selection of 47 iroha-uta verses,composed by Cai Wen (J., Sai On, 1682-1761), who was a politician of late 17th-18th century Ryukyu. In addition, the difference between Japanese and Ryukyuan iroha-uta is that Ryukyuan verses are always didactic. They also differ in terms of their mora patterns: 8 and 6 in Ryukyuan verses and 5 and 7 in Japanese verses. *"Iroha-uta" refers to a series of verses, each of which starts with a different letter of the traditional phonetic alphabet.
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