Sea Mustard(海带)

Sea Mustard

Headword

미역 ( 海带 , Miyeok )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer KimSangbo(金尙寶)

Miyeok, or sea mustard, is a sacrificial offering in rituals related to childbirth or to Samsin (Goddess of Childbearing).

Sea mustard is known to help produce breast milk and also to possess diuretic effect, both beneficial for post-partum mothers who are nursing, which is why it has traditionally been used as an important offering in birth-related rituals. The practice of offering sea mustard soup to Samsin is still widespread today.

Homes prepare for childbirth by stocking rice, sea mustard and diapers, and immediately following labor and the cleaning of the newborn, steamed white rice and sea mustard soup is served. First, in a clean southwestern corner of the room where the labor took place, a table is set with three bowls each of the rice and soup for a ritual for Samsin, which is repeated on the third, seventh, fourteenth, twenty-first and one hundredth day after birth.

Sea Mustard

Sea Mustard
Headword

미역 ( 海带 , Miyeok )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer KimSangbo(金尙寶)

Miyeok, or sea mustard, is a sacrificial offering in rituals related to childbirth or to Samsin (Goddess of Childbearing).

Sea mustard is known to help produce breast milk and also to possess diuretic effect, both beneficial for post-partum mothers who are nursing, which is why it has traditionally been used as an important offering in birth-related rituals. The practice of offering sea mustard soup to Samsin is still widespread today.

Homes prepare for childbirth by stocking rice, sea mustard and diapers, and immediately following labor and the cleaning of the newborn, steamed white rice and sea mustard soup is served. First, in a clean southwestern corner of the room where the labor took place, a table is set with three bowls each of the rice and soup for a ritual for Samsin, which is repeated on the third, seventh, fourteenth, twenty-first and one hundredth day after birth.