[KS] Korean shamanism

CedarBough T. Saeji umyang at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 13:57:30 EDT 2018

There are a large number of publications in English and in Korean on the
topic of shamanism, start with the work of Laurel Kendall and then explore
the bibliography for additional reading. Since you're in Korea, I would
suggest interviewing some of the scholars who work on this subject to find
out more about the movement in particular. I remember an excellent chapter
in a book edited by Tangherlini and Yea that might be a good place to
start, the book *Sitings: Critical Approaches to Korean Geography *is in my
office and I'm in my hometown and I don't recall the name of the author of
that chapter, but it deals specifically with the destruction of shrines. As
to where to find ceremonies etc. they are happening all the time, but there
are many types and I'm not sure what you're interested in-- some are quite
private, some are outdoors, some are very very public-- if you start to
make friends in these circles you can ask them to let you know of events
that are coming soon. It's not hard to find shrines and sacred places on
most important mountains, and even quite minor ones-- strap on your hiking
boots and start climbing around some mountains, ask people you run into who
look like they hike there often and they'll tell you which direction to go
to see whatever shrine is nearby. Since I don't know what city or area
you're in, I can't really suggest the best local mountain to start at. But
in some cases you can even see 현수막 on the mountains letting you know when a
public ceremony will happen at a nearby shrine, so stop to read the 현수막.
And def. make conversation with people. As for me, I mostly have attended
the rituals of 세습무 not 강신무 and those rituals are often publicized in
performing arts circles, so if you want to see that type of ceremony,
particularly for the 국가무형문화재 you can find those schedules are publicized in
newsletters and on websites and what not.

Good luck,

CedarBough Saeji

On Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 6:06 AM, Dominik Wróblewski <
dwroblewski666 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Professors, Associate Professors, PhDs, Ladies and Gentlemen,
> My name is Dominik Wróblewski. I am a doctoral candidate at Faculty of
> International and Political Studies, University of Lodz. My academic
> research is related to political approach towards / against Korean
> shamanism.
> Currently, I am in the Republic of Korea doing my research project.
> During my stay I would like to see any shamanistic ceremonies, sacred
> places, shrines etc. Is it possible? Where can I find these places?
> I have heard that shamanism was suppressed in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s by
> the South Korean Governement. Is there any information (literature, digital
> data) explaining that period and describing things which were done to
> destroy shamanism in Korea? Where can I find information about Misin Tapa
> Undong (the movement to destroy superstition, worship of old gods, deities)?
> I would be very grateful for any information. Thanks in advance.
> I am looking forward to hearing from you.
> Best regards,
> Wróblewski Dominik
> PhD. Candidate
> Department of Asian Studies
> Faculty of International and Political Studies
> 602-175-202
> dwroblewsi666 at gmail.com


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