Korean mystic shamanism – Methods – Heartache and unrequited love
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Korean Shamanist Ritual - Symbols and Dramas of Transformation - Daniel Kister
Koreans are eager to ensure that a person be sent off well on a journey for even a brief period of separation; and among the most famous of Korean folk Songs are those called "Arirang," which sing of the sadness of separation.
These manifestations, together with the great care exercised properly to send off the deceased in both the funeral rite proper and kut for the dead, point to a preoccupation with separation that haunts the Korean sensibility. One wonders if this pre-occupation doesn't lie in a sensitivity to the possibility that life itself consists ultimately in separation.
Songs of the Shaman – Dr Boudewijn Walraven
This is a fragment from the p'ansori libretto of the "Song of Ch'unhyang" (Ch' unhyang ka).
When the highest peak of Diamond Mountains
Becomes a plain, will then you come?
When the vast waters of the Four Seas
Become land, will then you come?
When horses grow horns, will then you come?
When crows turn white, will then you come?