Collector God(乞粒神)

Headword

걸립신 ( 乞粒神 , Geollipsin )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer KimChangho(金昌鎬)

Geollipsin, or Collector God, is a deity that helps spirits or good fortune enter the house and be greeted.

Geollip refers to the collection of grains or goods for a collective effort that serves a specific cause related to the public good and solidarity.

It seems that this spirit of fundraising and participation has been developed into a conceptual deity. Geollipsin is a shamanic god, often enshrined in the image of Daegam (State Official God), which oversees material fortune, and is also called Geollipdaegam (Collector Official), Geollipmanura (Collector Wife), and Geollipseongsu (Collector Shaman).

Geollipdaegam nori is a ritual for worshipping Geollipsin as Daegam to pray for money and material gain for the family. Geollipdaegam is considered capable of “acquiring all the riches that drift around in all four directions.” In farming communities, Geollipsin is worshipped to pray for a good harvest. Geollipsin, however, is not worshipped individually as a household god, and is addressed when the family shaman visits to officiate a ritual for household gods (gosa), or in the case of illness or other calamities in the home.

The deity is not enshrined in the form of a specific sacred entity but sometimes in the form of a pillar in the house, or as the head of a dried pollock (bugeo) hung by a straw rope on the wall outside the open hall where the house guardian god Seongju is enshrined, or as a bundle of mulberry paper folded and hung on the wall.

Collector God

Collector God
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer KimChangho(金昌鎬)

Geollipsin, or Collector God, is a deity that helps spirits or good fortune enter the house and be greeted. Geollip refers to the collection of grains or goods for a collective effort that serves a specific cause related to the public good and solidarity. It seems that this spirit of fundraising and participation has been developed into a conceptual deity. Geollipsin is a shamanic god, often enshrined in the image of Daegam (State Official God), which oversees material fortune, and is also called Geollipdaegam (Collector Official), Geollipmanura (Collector Wife), and Geollipseongsu (Collector Shaman). Geollipdaegam nori is a ritual for worshipping Geollipsin as Daegam to pray for money and material gain for the family. Geollipdaegam is considered capable of “acquiring all the riches that drift around in all four directions.” In farming communities, Geollipsin is worshipped to pray for a good harvest. Geollipsin, however, is not worshipped individually as a household god, and is addressed when the family shaman visits to officiate a ritual for household gods (gosa), or in the case of illness or other calamities in the home. The deity is not enshrined in the form of a specific sacred entity but sometimes in the form of a pillar in the house, or as the head of a dried pollock (bugeo) hung by a straw rope on the wall outside the open hall where the house guardian god Seongju is enshrined, or as a bundle of mulberry paper folded and hung on the wall.