Tag: Korea

  • GPS | Korea: Altar of a shaman for a ritual ceremony held on an island

    GPS | ASIA:  In October 2005, I took a bus to Yangtze Island in South Korea and attended a private Daedong Gut (shaman ritual) by the Korean shaman, Kim Keumhwa, a governing official spirit.  Shamanism is Korea’s indigenous religion and is very much alive in Korea and where Koreans live, despite the efforts of churches, official and quasi-official agencies and crafty antique dealers to ignore its existence in fast-paced, Western-focused contemporary Korean society. There are any number of reasons why a ritual will be held: illness or to give thanks for good health, bad business or new prosperity, blessing a new house or business, searching for a mate or fixing a failing marriage, getting good grades in school, or winning the lottery.  Shamans are selected for the strength of their spiritual integrity.  The images on the altar are representations of spiritual icons and gods. — RG Related articles The experience of altered states of consciousness in shamanic ritual: The role of pre-existing beliefs and affective factors (personspiritresearch.wordpress.com) Welcome to K-Soc! (koreansociety.wordpress.com) Purification and accumulation (inyourbones.com) Totem Talk: Soloing old raids as a DPS shaman (wow.joystiq.com) ‘Poison-needle plot’ Korean held (bbc.co.uk) Korean Nuclear Envoys to Meet Next Week, South Says (nytimes.com) North Korean Arrested in Alleged Plot Against Fellow Defector (nytimes.com) Meet New Shaman, Same as Old Shaman (edmortimer.wordpress.com) North Korean Defector Arrested In Alleged Attack Plot (huffingtonpost.com) Bruce Lee’s Quote and the Korean Culture (koreanhangul.wordpress.com)