|4342 (2009) 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 (Lunar Calendar 3.3), which was Sunday March 29th in 2009.
For full introduction and explanation of its procedure, see my 2007 Dodang-je pages.
This year we had wonderfully-clear Spring weather, and many of my friends and
students (from seven different countries other than Korea!) joined in watching the
shamanic rituals at the classic shrine, with a large crowd.
See my Samgak-Sanshin-je page for introduction, if you haven't already.
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.