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Korean mystic shamanism – Methods – Purification

Identifier

027179

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Korean Shamanist Ritual - Symbols and Dramas of Transformation - Daniel Kister

 In the kut community’s world, life is impure, dangerous, and burdensome, but open to purification release, wholeness, and harmony. Kut are rooted in a keen Korean sense that "life is sin" and han, but nonetheless joyous and indisputably worth living……………….

Theater and religion become one with healing psycho-therapy as the mudang employs the dramatized presence of ancestral spirits, along with comic banter and the sympathetic audience of the client's friends and neighbors to bring a family's troubles, pain, grief, and fears out in the open, provide objectifying perspectives on grief or on a family problem at hand, and encourage release from pent-up feelings in tears and laughter. The purifying process of the kut comes in this way to serve psychological and social ends.

Still, all is drawn into the realm of the sacred.

 

The source of the experience

Korean mystic shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Purification

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Enacting ritual and ceremony

Commonsteps

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