Northern-type Shamanism seeks ecstatic trance to commune with spirits. Here its psychology and techniques are analyzed.The top twelve deities in Korea's Shamanist pantheon are explained in this book the Mountain Spirit, the Dragon King, the Seven Stars who control human fertility, as well as the three magic monk-spirits who walk on water to prove their blood-tie to their fNorthern-type Shamanism seeks ecstatic trance to commune with spirits. Here its psychology and techniques are analyzed.The top twelve deities in Korea's Shamanist pantheon are explained in this book the Mountain Spirit, the Dragon King, the Seven Stars who control human fertility, as well as the three magic monk-spirits who walk on water to prove their blood-tie to their father.The later part of the book describes via photo-essays the Shamanist rituals still occurring today those which summon the deities, the "Ten Thousand Spirits" who may arrive in answer to the shaman's call. These include the famous generals of history, who will drive away disease, one general so fierce he walks on sharpened knives, a performance the shaman duplicates without being cut! The female ruler of the earth spirits, a patroness of diviners, also comes and sometimes hungry ghosts direct from the underworld; they gobble their food but cannot swallow. Then Pali Kongju may come, to rescue souls from the clutches of brutal guards of Hell.Also disclosed are the life stories of various individual shamans, the mudang (spirit houses) who invite possession by the gods, so that they may cure disease. Photos suggest the unbridled ecstasy felt when the spirit enters within, the superhuman strength these frail women can exert, evidence of their freedom from the choking constrictures of Confucian lifestyles. 228 color plates and 75 b/w plates....
|Title||:||Folk Art and Magic|
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Folk Art and Magic Reviews
Really, a 3.5. But I bumped it up to 4 because of the scarcity of the material. Covell loves Korea with a passion. His admiration for the culture and history is obvious in every paragraph and every photograph. There is however, room for something called peer-review in one's historical research and at the very least two passes by an editor.The book combines a study of the basics of Korean Shamanism, from ecstatic ritual to the Korean pantheon, with art appreciation (and just a few jabs at Japan and their probable Korean heritage thrown in for funsies.) Perhaps the biggest flaw in the book is the presentation of the author's speculation as history. But damn it if the amazing photos don't make up for it all.As I hinted at earlier there are some editing issues. Hollym press can only do themselves good if they would hire a better editor or pass it around before some more eyeballs. I like their imprint, they carry a lot of books with information on Korean culture that you can't find anywhere else. But having books riddled with sloppy printing errors somehow lessens their credibility.
The greater depth of Chinese literature and research on related Daoist and Triad ritual brings more meaning to this. It gets four stars.