Andong Chajeon Nori

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Writer HanYangmyung(韓陽明)

A game using nori equipment called dongchae for team battle.

Andong Chajeon Nori was designated as an intangible property and is the official name for the Chajeon or Dongchae Ssaum. The Andong Chajeon Nori has been passed down as two types of battles, including Bondongchae and Jjaegidongchae. Bondongchae was used in larger scale Chajeons, as it was passed down among villages in Andong, while Jjaegidongchae was a simple vehicle used in smaller scale Chajeons, specifically performed among adolescents.

Unlike the Jjaegidongchae, with the X-shaped posterior, the Bondongchae resembles the open upper part of an A-frame carrier and cannot be raised or swung during a close match. Instead, once advanced guards from both sides clash and make a break toward the opposing team, they pull down the vehicle, or the leader of the counterpart, to win the battle. In Jjaegidongchae, a team wins the battle by dragging down the vehicle or the captain of the enemy, as well as by fighting in head-on clashes in the air.

There are generally two types of group battles where local community members are divided into two groups. The two groups are formed based on gender for the first type of battle, while the community is split into two areas in the second type. In the area-based division, residential addresses are generally classified into two groups, such as east or west, north or south, upper or lower, and so on. In Andong Chajeon Nori, however, the place of birth, rather than one’s current residential address, serves as the criteria toward establishing the different groups.

In addition, Andong Chajeon Nori differs from other games in that it features advanced guards, called meorikkun, who play a critical role in leading their team through a fierce battle toward victory.

Andong Chajeon Nori

Andong Chajeon Nori
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer HanYangmyung(韓陽明)

A game using nori equipment called dongchae for team battle.

Andong Chajeon Nori was designated as an intangible property and is the official name for the Chajeon or Dongchae Ssaum. The Andong Chajeon Nori has been passed down as two types of battles, including Bondongchae and Jjaegidongchae. Bondongchae was used in larger scale Chajeons, as it was passed down among villages in Andong, while Jjaegidongchae was a simple vehicle used in smaller scale Chajeons, specifically performed among adolescents.

Unlike the Jjaegidongchae, with the X-shaped posterior, the Bondongchae resembles the open upper part of an A-frame carrier and cannot be raised or swung during a close match. Instead, once advanced guards from both sides clash and make a break toward the opposing team, they pull down the vehicle, or the leader of the counterpart, to win the battle. In Jjaegidongchae, a team wins the battle by dragging down the vehicle or the captain of the enemy, as well as by fighting in head-on clashes in the air.

There are generally two types of group battles where local community members are divided into two groups. The two groups are formed based on gender for the first type of battle, while the community is split into two areas in the second type. In the area-based division, residential addresses are generally classified into two groups, such as east or west, north or south, upper or lower, and so on. In Andong Chajeon Nori, however, the place of birth, rather than one’s current residential address, serves as the criteria toward establishing the different groups.

In addition, Andong Chajeon Nori differs from other games in that it features advanced guards, called meorikkun, who play a critical role in leading their team through a fierce battle toward victory.