Ritual for Goddess of Childbearing

Headword

삼신모시기 ( Samsinmosigi )

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Writer BaekMinyoung(白旻永)
Date of update 2019-01-31

Samsinmosigi is the ritual for worshipping Samsin, the Goddess of Childbearing, who blesses families with children and oversees their birth and health.

Households that eagerly await children hold this ritual, especially families with only daughters and no son. Sometimes when a family is experiencing trouble, a shaman or fortuneteller recommends the ritual.

Samsin ritual is officiated by the women of the family, including the wife, post-partum mother, or grandmother of a child. Sometimes an elderly woman from the village is called in to offer prayers, or sometimes a fortuneteller or a shaman is hired.

This ritual of praying for a child is closely related to the fundamentals of Samsin worship since the goddess is in charge of childbirth, child rearing and development. In the old days when medical service was scarce, Samsin played an important role as a deity of life, overseeing the health of mother and newborn.

In the worship ritual, the officiant or a shaman “seats” the goddess, or her sacred entity. When Samsin is angry, she leaves the house, which is referred to as Samsin “going awry, ” and occurs when Samsin is not worshipped properly or when its sacred entity has been handled without care. Samsin expresses her anger by doing harm to the child of the family, which is why the woman of the house expresses her devotion with a hand-rubbing ritual in front of the ritual table set up facing the sacred entity or the wardrobe.

Ritual for Goddess of Childbearing

Ritual for Goddess of Childbearing
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Rites and Officiants

Writer BaekMinyoung(白旻永)
Date of update 2019-01-31

Samsinmosigi is the ritual for worshipping Samsin, the Goddess of Childbearing, who blesses families with children and oversees their birth and health. Households that eagerly await children hold this ritual, especially families with only daughters and no son. Sometimes when a family is experiencing trouble, a shaman or fortuneteller recommends the ritual. Samsin ritual is officiated by the women of the family, including the wife, post-partum mother, or grandmother of a child. Sometimes an elderly woman from the village is called in to offer prayers, or sometimes a fortuneteller or a shaman is hired. This ritual of praying for a child is closely related to the fundamentals of Samsin worship since the goddess is in charge of childbirth, child rearing and development. In the old days when medical service was scarce, Samsin played an important role as a deity of life, overseeing the health of mother and newborn. In the worship ritual, the officiant or a shaman “seats” the goddess, or her sacred entity. When Samsin is angry, she leaves the house, which is referred to as Samsin “going awry, ” and occurs when Samsin is not worshipped properly or when its sacred entity has been handled without care. Samsin expresses her anger by doing harm to the child of the family, which is why the woman of the house expresses her devotion with a hand-rubbing ritual in front of the ritual table set up facing the sacred entity or the wardrobe.