|Revised Romanization||Seohaean baeyeonsingut|
Seohaean baeyeonsingut is a shamanistic exorcism ritual that takes place on top of a boat in the Korea's West Coast region. It is performed to the gods to ask for abundant catches of fish at sea. It's South Korea's Important Intangible Cultural Properties 82-2.
July 7 is the day when fishermen lost at sea can see the Big Dipper, the brightest stars that will help them find their way like a compass. From olden times, Koreans believed that the Big Dipper was the constellation of stars that controlled the time of space and human lives. That is why humans have prayed for health and happiness in the direction of the Big Dipper. On the night of July 7, popular folklore also has it that two love stars, Gyunwoo and Jiknyu, meet and form the beautiful galaxy. This is another reason why the exorcism is held on this day.
The exorcism is performed as a prayer to the gods of the heaven and the sea. It is believed that the rite is more effective if performed by a shaman (Korean: Mudang), so it is traditionally performed with one.
- ↑ "Seohaean Baeyeonsingut, Exorcism for Abundant Fishing". Arirang TV. August 25, 2007. Retrieved on September 12, 2007. http://www.arirang.co.kr/Tv2/ALegacy_Archive.asp?PROG_CODE=TVCR0301&view_cont_seq=8&code=St1&sys_lang=Eng.
- ↑ "Seohaean Baeyeonsingutmit Daedonggut (Baeyeonsingut and Daedonggut of the western coast)". National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. 2002. Retrieved on September 12, 2007. http://www.nrich.go.kr/eng/info/video_list.jsp?vid=v01_39.jsp.