A Travellerspoint blog

February 2010

Jeju's Annual Shamanist Festival

sunny 8 °C

We went to a Shamanist festival last Saturday ! It's an annual event and unique to Jeju and an interesting spectatcle to watch ! It’s all about celebrating the coming of Spring and the New Year !

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Pom Pom drummers

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The fable of the bull, the grouse and the hunter

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Four dances of the four seasons

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Korean colours

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The tale of the grandfather and his mistress

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Maskdance close-up

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Traditional Korean head dress

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Pansori singer and drummer

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Korean tea ladies in traditional hanbok

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Ancient stone totem and offerings

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Man putting on a prayer around the bull, symbol of fertility.

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Shamanist encense

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Shamanist ritual

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A shaman or madang

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Shamanist nun praying

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Shamanist musicians

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Korean musicians

We were also introduced to a popular cartoonist and excellent artist here in Korea called Park Dae Jong a cartoonist for a Korean newspaper in Seoul who had come from Seoul for this annual festival like every year ! We had the honor of having our portraits drawn which we are going to frame !

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Park Dae Jong kindly drawing our portraits

Posted by JBarker 23:16 Archived in South Korea Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

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