Recitation of Scriptures
Dokgyeong is the term for the shamanic practice performed by a sorcerer reciting the scriptures of Taoism or Buddhism to pray for the good fortunes of an individual, or peace and prosperity in the family.
In Korean folk religion, beopsa are sorcerers who practice divination or officiate dokgyeong.
Essential to the practice of dokgyeong, is the study of a vast range of scriptures, including the four major shamanic scriptures Okchugyeong (Scripture of Precious Fundamentals), Cheonjipalyanggyeong (Sutra of Heaven-Earth Eight-Yang), Okgapgyeong (Scripture of Precious Armor), Gimungyeong (Scripture of Taoist Magic).
The most widely observed among the many dokgyeong rituals are the household peace-wishing ritual antaek and the madness-healing ritual michingut. The latter, performed by beopsa of Chungcheong Province, are perceived as particularly effective and these sorcerers are called to different parts around the country to stage the healing rituals.
There are specialized recitation practices for healing; for praying for good fortune; for possession rituals; for appeasing the soul of the dead; and many other purposes and occasions.
In the past, the practice was widespread, but is now preserved mainly in Chungcheong Province and part of Gangwon Province, and is not often observed in other parts of the country.