the Dharma-Blossom Mountain
in the Inner-Northeast / Hamyang County Sector of Jiri-san
|On the far-northern side of Beobhwa-san was found Doseo-am [Tao-West Hermitage], a bizarre
little place in ordinary farmlands, in front of a small peak. Probably a Shamanic-Buddhist temple...
|This ordinary -- but singular -- Shamanic icon pairing
Yong-wang with San-shin was found casually set up
against the back of the Worship-Hall.
|The 1980s public elementary school on the northern slope of
Beobhwa-san displays not only the usual statue of King Sejong, but
these arrays of Neo-Traditionalist Jangseung spirit-guardian poles!
|Turtles & four-lion stone lanterns (again reflecting Hwaeom-sa) are in front of the Main Hall, and the faux-cave
Sanshin-gak is just beside it. It is announced by a prominent sign-stone, in "seal-script" Chinese characters.
That's our friend Yana in white clothing; she was an excellent translator for this trip.
|Interior of the faux-cave Sanshin-gak, with a magnificent modern painting, a
Shamanic-flavored white-themed statue, dongja statues, three ceramic "fairy-
princess" statues -- probably Chinese in origin -- and Sanshin-model donation-
prayer cabinets with 70 compartments. Details of all these are below:
|It turns out that this small temple is run in a unique fashion -- its abbot is a Buddhist
monk, and practices accordingly, but he is married to a Mudang Shamaness, and
she practices her own psychological-healing arts in a separate shrine in their
residence, shown above -- statues of Yong-wang and San-shin sit in front of a
modern gold-on-red sutra-illustration-themed All-Shamanic-Spirits painting.
|And speaking of Shamanism, there is this explicitly-Korean-Shamanic "Janggun-dang" [Guardian-General
ritual-Shrine] on the highway below the turnoff leading up to Southern Beobhwa-sa. Its full array of icons,
including statues of Yong-wang & San-shin and a Sanshin-dosa painting (left wall) are shown below:
|Further in the Inner-Northeast / S.
Hamyang County Sector of Jiri-san:
Byeok-song-sa and the West Hermitage
Eomcheon-gang River Area: N. Munsu-sa, Jeokjo-am and etc.
Gyeonbul-sa, major new "Viewing Buddha Temple"
Eastern Macheon-myeon District:
Hanshin-gyegok Scenic Gorge
Baekmu-dong-gyegok Scenic Gorge
Chottae-bong & Yeong- shin Peaks,
Seseok-pyeongjeon Field & Seseok-cheon Spring