Shamanic Paper Props(設經)

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설경 ( 設經 , Seolgyeong )

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Writer ImSeungbum(林承範)

Seolgyeong is the term for an assortment of paper props set up to threaten away or lock up evil spirits in the venue where a scripture recitation ritual (dokgyeong) is staged by a shaman or sorcerer.

Other terms include seolwi or seolwiseolgyeong, varying by region or by individual sorcerer.

The props take the form of large sheets of thin paper that reaches from floor to ceiling, decorated with cutout patterns made by folding the sheet into three layers. The top and middle sections are cut into various figures and letters including Buddha, the death messenger and passages from the scriptures, and the bottom parts are filled with red letters to serve as a talisman (bujeok). There are different patterns serving various purposes: some serve as channels between this world and the heavenly universe; some are for threatening away and eradicating evil spirits; some simply list the names of deities in all the directions of heaven and earth.

Seolgyeong are visual expressions of the contents of the scriptures, while also serving as devices for locking up evil spirits in captivity. The make-up of these props is closely associated with the occasion of the ritual and the scripture recited by the sorcerer. For example, when staging a ritual to worship Chilseong (Seven Stars), or a ritual for a shaman possessed by Chilseong, the paper props should reflect the letters that make up the name and other elements associated with this deity.

Shamanic Paper Props

Shamanic Paper Props
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Ritual Props

Writer ImSeungbum(林承範)

Seolgyeong is the term for an assortment of paper props set up to threaten away or lock up evil spirits in the venue where a scripture recitation ritual (dokgyeong) is staged by a shaman or sorcerer. Other terms include seolwi or seolwiseolgyeong, varying by region or by individual sorcerer. The props take the form of large sheets of thin paper that reaches from floor to ceiling, decorated with cutout patterns made by folding the sheet into three layers. The top and middle sections are cut into various figures and letters including Buddha, the death messenger and passages from the scriptures, and the bottom parts are filled with red letters to serve as a talisman (bujeok). There are different patterns serving various purposes: some serve as channels between this world and the heavenly universe; some are for threatening away and eradicating evil spirits; some simply list the names of deities in all the directions of heaven and earth. Seolgyeong are visual expressions of the contents of the scriptures, while also serving as devices for locking up evil spirits in captivity. The make-up of these props is closely associated with the occasion of the ritual and the scripture recited by the sorcerer. For example, when staging a ritual to worship Chilseong (Seven Stars), or a ritual for a shaman possessed by Chilseong, the paper props should reflect the letters that make up the name and other elements associated with this deity.