October 24, 2010

Shaman Ritual

I recently returned from Korea, where I was fortunate enough to attend a ‘performance’ on Jindo island of a shaman ritual called Ssitkim-gut.  This ritual for the dead is filled with singing (accompanied by percussion instruments), mourning, celebration, and drinking. We were told this may have been the last performance by the shaman (in the foreground in the first photo, with her apprentice singing behind her), who was exhausted by the end of the ritual.

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