Earthenware Jar

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Writer KimTaewoo(金泰佑)
Date of update 2019-02-01

Danji is an earthenware jar that is worshipped as a sacred entity enshringing a household god, or as the deity itself.

These jars are small and round, bulging around the center, and their names vary according to the enshrined deity.

Daegamdanji is the sacred entity for Daegamsin (State Official God), who oversees a family’s material fortune. This jar is usually enshrined in the grain shed, but sometimes in a corner of the inner chamber, the open hall, the kitchen, or outdoors in some cases. The jar contains newly harvested rice grains or stalks, or sometimes money or a spirit tablet.

Samsindanji is the sacred entity for the goddess of childbearing Samsin, filled with rice, then covered with white ritual paper (baekji), which is tied with left-hand lay straw rope.

Seongjudanji is the sacred entity for the house guardian deity Seongju, filled with rice stalks or grains and kept on a shelf in the inner chamber of the house.

Sinjutdanji is worshipped as Ancestral God (Josang), believed to represent the spirit of the ancestors and is enshrined in the inner chamber of the house of the eldest son of the eldest son, who is the heir apparent in the family.

Josangdanji is also a sacred entity for Josang, one jar per family enshrined in the house of the eldest son of the eldest son, to be worshipped not only as Ancestral God but also to pray for peace and safety for the family.

Earthenware Jar

Earthenware Jar
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Sacred Entity

Writer KimTaewoo(金泰佑)
Date of update 2019-02-01

Danji is an earthenware jar that is worshipped as a sacred entity enshringing a household god, or as the deity itself. These jars are small and round, bulging around the center, and their names vary according to the enshrined deity. Daegamdanji is the sacred entity for Daegamsin (State Official God), who oversees a family’s material fortune. This jar is usually enshrined in the grain shed, but sometimes in a corner of the inner chamber, the open hall, the kitchen, or outdoors in some cases. The jar contains newly harvested rice grains or stalks, or sometimes money or a spirit tablet. Samsindanji is the sacred entity for the goddess of childbearing Samsin, filled with rice, then covered with white ritual paper (baekji), which is tied with left-hand lay straw rope. Seongjudanji is the sacred entity for the house guardian deity Seongju, filled with rice stalks or grains and kept on a shelf in the inner chamber of the house. Sinjutdanji is worshipped as Ancestral God (Josang), believed to represent the spirit of the ancestors and is enshrined in the inner chamber of the house of the eldest son of the eldest son, who is the heir apparent in the family. Josangdanji is also a sacred entity for Josang, one jar per family enshrined in the house of the eldest son of the eldest son, to be worshipped not only as Ancestral God but also to pray for peace and safety for the family.