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Mountain Fortress Walk

Dapseong nori (Kor. 답성놀이, Chin. 踏城-, lit. fortress walking game) is a custom observed in the leap month of an intercalary year. In this custom women would climb to a mountain fortress and walk along the fortress ridges in a line. Dapseong nori is also known as seongdolgi (Kor. 성돌기, lit. touring around a fortress) or seongbapgi (Kor. 성밟기, treading on a fortress). This activity was popular during the Joseon period (1392-1910) and was believed to help thwart misfortune, dispel disease, grant a long

Korean Seasonal Customs

New Year’s Flag Greetings

Gisebae (Kor. 기세배, Chin. 旗歲拜, lit. New Year’s flag greetings) is a custom observed during Jeongwol Daeboreum (Kor. 정월대보름, Great Full Moon Festival) with the purpose of praying for an abundant harvest. As its name implies, the custom involves the use of flags that are referred to as nongsingi (Kor. 농신기, Chin. 農神旗, lit. farming god flag). Gisebae is also known under other names such as nonggi sebae (Kor. 농기세배, Chin. 農旗歲拜, lit. greetings of farming flags), nonggi bbaetgi (Kor. 농기뺏기, Chin. 農旗-, lit.

Korean Seasonal Customs

Ritual for Village Deity Seonghwang

Seonghwangje is a communal ritual held to worship the village deity Seonghwangsin. The ritual originated from the Chinese worship of Cheng Huang, or City God (the name literally meaning “wall and moat”), which was introduced to Goryeo from the Song dynasty, the earliest record dating back to 996, the fifteenth year of King Seongjong’s reign. In Joseon (1392-1910), seonghwangje was observed in two forms: the state-run ritual officiated by government officials and the civilian version organized by

Korean Folk Beliefs
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