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Korean mystic shamanism – Methods – Flute, zither, reeds and fiddles

Identifier

027001

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Shamanism, music and the soul – Keith Howard

Percussion instruments are not the only instruments of rituals. In Korea today, the melodic line-up varies, often including flute (taegum], bowed zither (ajaeng), and fiddle [haegum).Variety reflects availability and the fickle vagaries of musicians, but the oboe, with an oversize double reed lending itself to considerable pitch and embouchure adjustment, is always a core instrument. The oboe, shamans have explained to me, is the instrument closest to the human voice. It can, virtually alone amongst instruments, offer portamenti, rapid and large melodic leaps, and wide and sudden dynamic fluctuations. It can plead, full of emotion, and as a consequence is considered the instrument spirits most readily respond to.

 

The source of the experience

Korean mystic shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Fiddles
Flute
Reed

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Listening to sound and music

References