The Shaman Legacy
Mudangnaeryeok (The Shaman Legacy) is an illustrated book of each of the segments that make up the shamanic rituals of the Seoul area, written by an author with the pen name of Nangok.
The book, now part of the collection at the Kyujanggak Archives at Seoul National University, comprises two volumes, each 14 pages long. The two volumes contain identical introductions, and the illustrations and the writings indicate that they were done by a single author. Date of publication is the fourth lunar month of either 1885 or 1945.
Each page of the book contains an illustration of the shaman officiating each ritual segment and the ritual table with the various sacrificial foods. The shaman is shown dressed in a traditional skirt and shirt, a vest (kwaeja) or the Buddhist-style jacket jangsam, her arms spread out and holding in each hand a shamanic rattle (bangul) and a fan (buchae), or a divine knife (sinkal) and a three-pronged spear (samjichang).
These illustrations of shamanic garb and props are functional and aesthetically unrefined.
The short expositions on the ritual segments are in Chinese characters. The author notes that Gameung, Jeseok, Byeolseong, Daegeori and Seongjo segments all originated from [Dangun](/topic/Dangun, FounderofGojoseon) worship and denounces the worship of historical figures like General Choe Yeong and Crown Prince Sado as ludicrous.
The significance of this book lies in being the first illustrated record of shamanic practice in the Seoul area, authored by a 19th-century writer with a strong faith in Dangun worship who set out to trace the origins of shamanism in the national progenitor.