|Taebaek-san Cheon-je of 4332 (1999)
|Over 100 spectators, all Korean apart from me, joined dozens of officiants
from Daecheongyo and a handful of photographers on Taebaek's
Cheonje-dan Peak on the morning of Gyecheon-jeol 4332 (October 3rd
1999 by Western Calendar), to offer ritual-respect to the mythical
founders of the first Korean Kingdom. I brought along 8 students from my
Samguk-yusa Study Group at Yonsei University's Maeji Campus.
|the ceremony seen from the western slope of Musoi-bong
|with that day's Master of the Ceremony (one of the students serving as translator)
|On the shrine at the end of the ceremony, lighting
a shamanic prayer-paper and releasing it as it
floats up while burning -- I had written on it a wish
for Korea's prosperity and reunification.
|patriotic youthful participants, from Taebaek High School