|4340 (2007) Dodang-je Ceremony
of the "Samgak Dodang-ji" San-shin Shrine
Held at the Shamanic Mountain-spirit Altar on the east side of Seoul's Three-Horns Mountain
The public Samgak-san Dodang-je [Village-Shrine Ritual Festival] is held every 3rd
Day of the 3rd Moon (3.3 by the Lunar Calendar) at the shrine on the ridge above
Ui-dong area (behind Choga-jip Restaurant on the way up to Doseon-sa), featuring
a variety of Shamanic gut ritual-ceremonies performed in respect of the mountain.
See my Samgak-Sanshin-je page for introduction, if you haven't already.
This year, my friend Mr. Cho from Gangbuk-gu District Office was
helping conduct Mayor Kim's Signature-gathering Campaign
advocating restoration of Samgak-san's traditional name, urging
the national and Seoul governments to stop using "Bukhan-san"
for it. I signed my name for this worthy cause...
Promotional banner at the entrance, including the new
symbol for this event, which makes use of the traditional
Oriental Five Directional Colors (originated in China's
Han Dynasty) -- see next page for more detail
Starting the characteristic ritual in front of the Gut-dang Altar loaded with offerings (mostly grain-based, but including a pig's
head), a famous Manshin [Mudang, Korean female Shaman] chants prayers to the Samgak-Sanshin while two elder officiants in
Confucian clothing tap fresh-cut local saplings (young trees) into bowls of rice and cash-donations, which causes the "male"
spirits of this mountain (representing Insu-bong and Manggyeong-dae Peaks) to become embedded in those saplings.
|They then parade, very slowly, the 15 meters from the gut-dang over to the Samgak-Sanshin Altar.
The two elder male officiants carry the sacred boughs with eyers closed while chanting an invocation
of the mountain-spirit, shaking them rhythmically to demonstrate the spirit's presence.
|the offering-bowls are placed on the Altar, and trance-prayers are chanted all around it by the Manshin
The two elder officiants "plant" the saplings containing the "male" mountain-spirits in
front of the Altar (which represents the "female" spirit of Baekun-dae Peak), allowing
these San-shin to "mate" (bringing fertility to all the regional community). Meanwhile,
the Manshin communicates blessing-messages from these Samgak-Sanshin to some of the participants.
|Manshin-nim gives a drink of sanctified Makkoli [crude rice-wine] to the
Spirits, then to the two male Officiants, and then to all nearby participants.
|Then everyone parades back to the Gut-dang Altar, where more trance-prayers and spirit-replies are communicated