God of Deceased Ancestors(万明)

God of Deceased Ancestors

Headword

말명 ( 万明 , Malmyeong )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer LeeYongbum(李龍範)

Malmyeong is a broad term that refers to the dead in Korean folk religion. When the dead being refered to by the term are related by blood, the term signifies ancestors at large.

In narrow terms Malmyeong refers to the soul of a deceased female, but broadly it can be used for all deceased souls. It can also refer to an ancestor who has died with a grievance and appears often in family members’ dreams, in which case a garment is tailored for the ancestor and kept inside a small willow basket at home, at a shaman’s shrine, or at a temple, to ensure the safety of the surviving family. This basket is called malmyeongsangja (box for Malmyeong) and should contain not only the garment but a small amount of money. It is believed that an ancestor who has died young or before getting married can incur harm on the surviving family, and must be worshipped as Malmyeong. A Malymyeong box is considered dangerous, and is kept out of the rooms, sometimes by the door or above the shoe rack in the home, but is generally kept in a shaman’s shrine.

God of Deceased Ancestors

God of Deceased Ancestors
Headword

말명 ( 万明 , Malmyeong )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Deities

Writer LeeYongbum(李龍範)

Malmyeong is a broad term that refers to the dead in Korean folk religion. When the dead being refered to by the term are related by blood, the term signifies ancestors at large.

In narrow terms Malmyeong refers to the soul of a deceased female, but broadly it can be used for all deceased souls. It can also refer to an ancestor who has died with a grievance and appears often in family members’ dreams, in which case a garment is tailored for the ancestor and kept inside a small willow basket at home, at a shaman’s shrine, or at a temple, to ensure the safety of the surviving family. This basket is called malmyeongsangja (box for Malmyeong) and should contain not only the garment but a small amount of money. It is believed that an ancestor who has died young or before getting married can incur harm on the surviving family, and must be worshipped as Malmyeong. A Malymyeong box is considered dangerous, and is kept out of the rooms, sometimes by the door or above the shoe rack in the home, but is generally kept in a shaman’s shrine.