Village Parade(转村)

Village Parade

Headword

마을돌기 ( 转村 , Maeuldolgi )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Rites and Officiants

Writer LeePilyoung(李弼泳)

Maeuldolgi, or village parade, is a ritual that takes place prior to or following the village tutelary festival dongje, a procession around the village participated in by villagers and a farmers’ music troupe to chase away evil spirits and bad fortunes.

In the village ritual dangsanje of Jeolla provinces, the village parade takes place prior to the tug-of-war, the villagers carrying the rope on their shoulders or holding torches as they go around the village. In some regions, the parade includes loud farmers’ music, and goes through every single alley to collect all evil spirits and bad fortunes, to be taken to the outer edge of the village and thrown out.

In South Chungcheong and North Jeolla provinces, a life-size straw effigy (jeung) is made for the parade to pray for good fortune and to chase away the bad. The procession is headed by a farmers’ music troupe, followed by the straw effigy, ritual officials and villagers.

In the village ritual dodanggut of Gyeonggi Province, the music-accompanied parade is called doldori, participated in by the officiant shaman and young men from the village, a ritual of going around collecting bad forces and chasing them away.

Maeuldolgi can be viewed as an expression of religious faith in the village god dongsin, but more practically a procession for the expulsion of bad fortune. It is essentially a process of protecting the village from external dangers by symbolically drawing the line between the village and the outside world, pursuing a harmonious community within the border and pushing out all evil spirits and bad fortunes out of the village.

Village Parade

Village Parade
Headword

마을돌기 ( 转村 , Maeuldolgi )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Rites and Officiants

Writer LeePilyoung(李弼泳)

Maeuldolgi, or village parade, is a ritual that takes place prior to or following the village tutelary festival dongje, a procession around the village participated in by villagers and a farmers’ music troupe to chase away evil spirits and bad fortunes.

In the village ritual dangsanje of Jeolla provinces, the village parade takes place prior to the tug-of-war, the villagers carrying the rope on their shoulders or holding torches as they go around the village. In some regions, the parade includes loud farmers’ music, and goes through every single alley to collect all evil spirits and bad fortunes, to be taken to the outer edge of the village and thrown out.

In South Chungcheong and North Jeolla provinces, a life-size straw effigy (jeung) is made for the parade to pray for good fortune and to chase away the bad. The procession is headed by a farmers’ music troupe, followed by the straw effigy, ritual officials and villagers.

In the village ritual dodanggut of Gyeonggi Province, the music-accompanied parade is called doldori, participated in by the officiant shaman and young men from the village, a ritual of going around collecting bad forces and chasing them away.

Maeuldolgi can be viewed as an expression of religious faith in the village god dongsin, but more practically a procession for the expulsion of bad fortune. It is essentially a process of protecting the village from external dangers by symbolically drawing the line between the village and the outside world, pursuing a harmonious community within the border and pushing out all evil spirits and bad fortunes out of the village.