Ritual for Gate God(門前祭)

Ritual for Gate God

Headword

문전제 ( 門前祭 )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Rites and Officiants

Writer KangSojeon(姜昭全)

Munjeongosa is a ritual observed on Jeju Island to pray to the household guardian deity Munjeonsin (Gate God) for peace and good fortune for the family.

Also called munjeonje, this ritual is for worshipping Gate God, the most important of household gods in Jeju, its origins narrated in the shamanic epic “Munjeonbonpuri (Origins of Gate God).”

The ritual is still observed today on the island. Regular occasions for the gate god ritual are New Year and the annual village ritual poje. Other occasions include weddings and special events like moves, important exams or a family member entering the military. On seasonal holidays and ancestral memorial services, the gate god ritual is followed by a ritual for the ancestral god Josang.

Gate god rituals can be held as a separate ritual or as part of other household rituals. The procedure can follow a range of styles, including shamanic, Confucian or Buddhist: A shaman can be hired for a scripture recitation rite; the man of the family can officiate a Confucian rite; or Buddhist families can request a monk to come and offer prayers.

Ritual for Gate God

Ritual for Gate God
Headword

문전제 ( 門前祭 )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Rites and Officiants

Writer KangSojeon(姜昭全)

Munjeongosa is a ritual observed on Jeju Island to pray to the household guardian deity Munjeonsin (Gate God) for peace and good fortune for the family.

Also called munjeonje, this ritual is for worshipping Gate God, the most important of household gods in Jeju, its origins narrated in the shamanic epic “Munjeonbonpuri (Origins of Gate God).”

The ritual is still observed today on the island. Regular occasions for the gate god ritual are New Year and the annual village ritual poje. Other occasions include weddings and special events like moves, important exams or a family member entering the military. On seasonal holidays and ancestral memorial services, the gate god ritual is followed by a ritual for the ancestral god Josang.

Gate god rituals can be held as a separate ritual or as part of other household rituals. The procedure can follow a range of styles, including shamanic, Confucian or Buddhist: A shaman can be hired for a scripture recitation rite; the man of the family can officiate a Confucian rite; or Buddhist families can request a monk to come and offer prayers.