Steamed Rice(祭饭)

Steamed Rice

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( 祭饭 , Me )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer JooYoungha(周永河)

Me is an honorific used to refer to rice served on the ritual table as sacrificial offering.

The term is used for rice served in front of the spirit tablet in Confucian memorial rites, and also for rice on the offerings table in village rituals and other shamanic rites as well.

Ritual rice is generally served in a ceramic rice bowl, and the term can vary by container: In village rituals in Gangwon Province, for instance, rice served in a brass pot called saeong, is called saeongme, and rice served to the gods of mountains and rivers in a small brass pot is called nogume.

In some regions, the term jinme is used for rice cooked with clean grains that have not been exposed to impurities (bujeong), and with clear water fetched from a spring near the altar. Sujibap is the term used for the first scoop of rice from the pot reserved as an offering for the gods. On Jeju Island, where rice is rare, millet, steamed with a large proportion of water, is served as ritual offering and is called sanme.

Bap, the secular term for steamed rice, is also used to refer to certain sacrificial foods: In village rites, small portions taken from various sacrificial foods on the ritual table and wrapped in mulberry paper are called bongjibap, or bag rice; in big catch rituals (pungeoje), sacrificial food thrown into the sea as offering for Yongwang (Dragon King) is called yongwangbap; and in Jeolla provinces, rice offered in shamanic rituals for the god of childbirth Jiang is called jiangbap.

Steamed Rice

Steamed Rice
Headword

( 祭饭 , Me )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer JooYoungha(周永河)

Me is an honorific used to refer to rice served on the ritual table as sacrificial offering.

The term is used for rice served in front of the spirit tablet in Confucian memorial rites, and also for rice on the offerings table in village rituals and other shamanic rites as well.

Ritual rice is generally served in a ceramic rice bowl, and the term can vary by container: In village rituals in Gangwon Province, for instance, rice served in a brass pot called saeong, is called saeongme, and rice served to the gods of mountains and rivers in a small brass pot is called nogume.

In some regions, the term jinme is used for rice cooked with clean grains that have not been exposed to impurities (bujeong), and with clear water fetched from a spring near the altar. Sujibap is the term used for the first scoop of rice from the pot reserved as an offering for the gods. On Jeju Island, where rice is rare, millet, steamed with a large proportion of water, is served as ritual offering and is called sanme.

Bap, the secular term for steamed rice, is also used to refer to certain sacrificial foods: In village rites, small portions taken from various sacrificial foods on the ritual table and wrapped in mulberry paper are called bongjibap, or bag rice; in big catch rituals (pungeoje), sacrificial food thrown into the sea as offering for Yongwang (Dragon King) is called yongwangbap; and in Jeolla provinces, rice offered in shamanic rituals for the god of childbirth Jiang is called jiangbap.