[KS] Funerary Documentation Research Questions

CedarBough T. Saeji umyang at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 23:51:25 EDT 2021

Hi Kendall,

On shamanism in general one of your best sources is Laurel Kendall (which
is why your email/subject/name may have made many on this do a double and
triple take). There are many excellent works, but for gender + shamanism +
ethnography Dr. Kendall is great (but to be clear, she's not looking at
sesupmu in Jeolla Province). The work of Kim Seongnae would undoubtedly
also be extremely useful. I'm sure other members of the list will have
other good suggestions.  Good luck on your project.

p.s. on funerary traditions/ancestor worship in Korea in general
an excellent English language source is Janelli and Janelli.

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 11:51 AM K F <kendallfleisher at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm looking into Korean funerary traditions, and would be so grateful for
> any suggestions as to where to start to address some of the following
> questions:
> 1. Are there any sources you'd recommend that describe ethnographers
> working in Korea? And any Korean artists or filmmakers who produced their
> own works of anti-ethnography (thinking of Trinh T Minh Ha but Korean?)
> 2. Are there particular sources you'd recommend for historical photos or
> film footage of funerary rituals, the Gwangju massacre, or shamanic rituals
> in Korea?
> 3. What roles did Sesup-mu female shamans play within the funerary
> traditions of the Jeolla provinces? I'm very interested in any authors who
> might have written generally about the gendered elements of funerary
> rituals, and the role of these female shamans.
> I am very new to Korean studies and unfortunately am not able to read
> Korean, so my apologies if I am asking dumb questions!
> Many thanks,
> Kendall


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