Backyard God

Headword

철륭 ( Cheollyung )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer RyuJongmok(柳鍾穆)
Date of update 2019-01-31

The deity is also responsible for protecting the people against calamities and bad fortune through the twelve months of the year. The Changbu Segment is generally performed as the eleventh of the twelve segments Cheollyung is a household god believed to reside on the sauce jar terrace or other parts of the backyard of a house.

Cheollyung is a deity similar in character to Teoju (Land Tutelary God), Sansin (Mountain God), Yongsin (Dragon God), Jangdoksin (Sauce Jar Deity) and other gods, worshipped as a guardian of peace in the home and for the children in the family. Worshipped mostly in South and North Jeolla provinces, this deity’s name is believed to be an altered transcription of Cheongnyong, meaning Blue Dragon. Other versions of the name include Cheollyungsin, Cheollyongsin and Jisin (Earth God).

The deity is in charge of guarding the entire grounds of a house, mainly the backyard including the sauce jar terrace, where the deity is worshipped on the morning of seasonal holidays like Seol (Lunar New Year), Jeongwoldaeboreum (Great Full Moon) and Chuseok, the participants rubbing hands in prayer and offering a table of sacrificial foods including rice cake, steamed rice, cooked vegetables, seafood and fruits.

Cheollyung is enshrined together with Seongju (House Guardian God), Jowang (Kitchen Deity) and other household gods, and because the deity is known as the most strong-willed among them all, calamities can result if a household stops enshrining him and also if one spits or urinates in the sacred spot where he is enshrined. If there is a tall tree growing in the backyard, this is usually where Cheollyung is enshrined and strict taboos are observed for this tree.

Most families that worship Cheollyung do not eat dog meat and observe other discretions in their everyday lives. In Jeolla Province, Cheollyung is worshipped in homes located at the foot of a mountain or other locations that are considered to possess a strong energy according to geomancy.

Sacred entities for Cheollyung are divided into ones that do not adopt a specific form and those that take the form of an earthenware jar (ogari). The latter are covered with a conical straw bundle (jujeori) and kept in the backyard or buried in the ground.

Backyard God

Backyard God
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer RyuJongmok(柳鍾穆)
Date of update 2019-01-31

The deity is also responsible for protecting the people against calamities and bad fortune through the twelve months of the year. The Changbu Segment is generally performed as the eleventh of the twelve segments Cheollyung is a household god believed to reside on the sauce jar terrace or other parts of the backyard of a house. Cheollyung is a deity similar in character to Teoju (Land Tutelary God), Sansin (Mountain God), Yongsin (Dragon God), Jangdoksin (Sauce Jar Deity) and other gods, worshipped as a guardian of peace in the home and for the children in the family. Worshipped mostly in South and North Jeolla provinces, this deity’s name is believed to be an altered transcription of Cheongnyong, meaning Blue Dragon. Other versions of the name include Cheollyungsin, Cheollyongsin and Jisin (Earth God). The deity is in charge of guarding the entire grounds of a house, mainly the backyard including the sauce jar terrace, where the deity is worshipped on the morning of seasonal holidays like Seol (Lunar New Year), Jeongwoldaeboreum (Great Full Moon) and Chuseok, the participants rubbing hands in prayer and offering a table of sacrificial foods including rice cake, steamed rice, cooked vegetables, seafood and fruits. Cheollyung is enshrined together with Seongju (House Guardian God), Jowang (Kitchen Deity) and other household gods, and because the deity is known as the most strong-willed among them all, calamities can result if a household stops enshrining him and also if one spits or urinates in the sacred spot where he is enshrined. If there is a tall tree growing in the backyard, this is usually where Cheollyung is enshrined and strict taboos are observed for this tree. Most families that worship Cheollyung do not eat dog meat and observe other discretions in their everyday lives. In Jeolla Province, Cheollyung is worshipped in homes located at the foot of a mountain or other locations that are considered to possess a strong energy according to geomancy. Sacred entities for Cheollyung are divided into ones that do not adopt a specific form and those that take the form of an earthenware jar (ogari). The latter are covered with a conical straw bundle (jujeori) and kept in the backyard or buried in the ground.