|the Sam-shin paintings of Hwaeom-sa
antique San-shin painting
-- one of Korea's best
Details of San-shin's face, transparent and peaked
Daoist "cloud cap" covering a crown, his thin snaky
"dragon-head" staff; and the leopard-spotted tiger's face.
The (torn) Dok-seong painting, quite
unusual for the adult male dongja
attendant behind him. That's a great
art-concept background of a mountain...
The magnificent Chil-seong
painting, with all 49 stars
represented in a rich display,
including a VERY long-head
Bukseong-shin [North Star
Spirit of Longevity] top-right.
Note the Okhwang-sangje
[Jade Emperor of Heaven]
(detail to the right), the earthly
officials depicted similarly to
San-shins, and the Sacheon-
wang [Kings of the Four
Directions] (West is detailed
to the left) in the four corners.
|The Shin-jung painting in the great Hwaeom Hall includes San-shin
holding a ginseng root, but with only its upper part showing.
|Statues and paintings of some of the 16 Nahan [Arhants, original
enlightened disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha] in their Nahan-jeon Hall.
The above San-shin painting is enshrined here, instead of in a -gak
[shrine] of his own, seeming to give him status equal to theirs -- a fairly
common phenomena these days, in older large temples.
the Judgements and Tortures of Buddhist Hell, from a
cautionary painting in Hwaeom-sa's Myeongbu-jeon Hall
Jiri-san is listed as one of Korea's most sacred
places on Martin Gray's excellent Sacred Sites
of the World website, on this page about Korea.
For plenty of information and beautiful photos of
the world's holy pilgrimage destinations, get his
excellent new 275-page book: Sacred Earth:
Places of Peace and Power.