Martial Hero Deity(軍雄)

Martial Hero Deity

Headword

군웅 ( 軍雄 , Gunung )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer LeeYongbum(李龍範)

Gunung is one of several martial commander gods in Korean shamanism.

Gunung is portrayed as a general with many soldiers under his command, but is different from military commander gods like General Choe Yeong or General Im Gyeong-eop, historical figures who were posthumously deified but maintained their identities from their former lives. Gunung is depicted as an abstract and non-specific commander figure.

Gunung appears in many variations in the shamanic rituals of Seoul, Gyeonggi and Hwanghae provinces, the eastern coast, and Jeju Island. In the rituals of the eastern coast, the mighty powers of Gunung are confirmed by the shaman, who becomes capable of holding up a large brass bowl with her teeth. Gunung is also associated with the ancestral god Josang. On Jeju Island, Gunung has been worshipped by families over many generations as a guardian god for a family or clan, a deity that carries a bow and arrow to fight bad fortunes and evil forces that harm a group of people or their territory. In Gangwon Province, Gunung is worshipped as a household god that oversees cattle, enshrined outside the cowshed, where prayers are offered when a cow is sick or is about to give birth.

Martial Hero Deity

Martial Hero Deity
Headword

군웅 ( 軍雄 , Gunung )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer LeeYongbum(李龍範)

Gunung is one of several martial commander gods in Korean shamanism.

Gunung is portrayed as a general with many soldiers under his command, but is different from military commander gods like General Choe Yeong or General Im Gyeong-eop, historical figures who were posthumously deified but maintained their identities from their former lives. Gunung is depicted as an abstract and non-specific commander figure.

Gunung appears in many variations in the shamanic rituals of Seoul, Gyeonggi and Hwanghae provinces, the eastern coast, and Jeju Island. In the rituals of the eastern coast, the mighty powers of Gunung are confirmed by the shaman, who becomes capable of holding up a large brass bowl with her teeth. Gunung is also associated with the ancestral god Josang. On Jeju Island, Gunung has been worshipped by families over many generations as a guardian god for a family or clan, a deity that carries a bow and arrow to fight bad fortunes and evil forces that harm a group of people or their territory. In Gangwon Province, Gunung is worshipped as a household god that oversees cattle, enshrined outside the cowshed, where prayers are offered when a cow is sick or is about to give birth.