Showing posts with label Mudang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mudang. Show all posts

Paganism & Wicca - Who Is A Mudang?

A female Korean shaman is referred to as Mudang. Korean shamanism is linked to Siberian shamanism, but it has evolved its own course over the last two thousand years and continues to be a powerful, flourishing tradition despite persecution and repression. 

  • Confucian emperors and Christian missionaries both persecuted the Mudang. 
  • During the Japanese conquest of Korea, they were forced underground. 
  • Mudang are healers and diviners who connect with spirits and mediate between them and humans.

Mudang was invited to play in the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits by Laurel Kendall is recommended reading (University of Hawaii Press, 1985).

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