Korean Shamanism Essay

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PLACE OF DEEP ECOLOGY IN KOREAN SHAMANISM: Belief in a world inhabited by spirits is probably the oldest form of Korean religious life, dating back to prehistoric times. Shamanism has its roots in ancient, land-based cultures, dating at least as far back as 40,000 years. The shaman was known as "magician, medicine man, mystic and poet.”15 The word “shaman” comes from an oral tradition. Therefore, the exact origin of the term shaman (the ecstatic one) is still disputed. Anthropologists suggest that it comes from the Tunguso- Munchurian verb sa, meaning “to know” or “to heat someone”. Other view derives shaman word from the Vedic, sram, also meaning “to heat oneself” and In Pali it is schamana, in Sanskrit Sramana meaning "buddhist monk, ascetic.”16…show more content…
Sometimes it is known as Muism a "religion of the Mu"19 encompasses a variety of indigenous religious beliefs and practices of the Korean people.In Korea, a shaman is known as a mudang. The role of the mudang, usually a woman, is act as intermediary between a spirit entity, spirits or gods and human beings. It identifies equality of man and woman and no dominance over nature which influenced consciousness of people in…show more content…
The gut is a shamanic ritual during which the shaman offers a sacrifice to the spirits. Korean shamans use chief accessories during kut are his coat, cap, and tambourine or drum. Symbols and natural objects are added to the drum representing natural forces and heavenly bodies. Korean Shamanism is an ecology of compassion, centred on questioning and directly understanding of earth as a way of reconciling self and other and the web of creation. In gut rituals performed for ecological concerns as
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