Geomantic Supplementation(补救)

Geomantic Supplementation

Headword

비보 ( 补救 , Bibo )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Concept

Writer HongTaehan(洪泰漢)

Bibo, literally meaning, “to supplement, ” is the attempt to artificially alter a geographical environment that possesses a negative effect on people’s lives.

Geomantic supplementation can be viewed as a practice that is centered on humans, of altering nature to suit their needs, but at the same time it is also nature-centered, in that the attempt is about adjusting nature according to its ways without causing damage.

What is lacking in nature is filled by various means, including religious objects, in which case the attempt is called sinangbibo, or religious supplementation, and includes the use of a range of religious objects.

Jangseung, or village guardian posts, are erected on vacant spots in all four corners of a village to protect and fill the lack of energy.

Sotdae, or sacred pole, is erected in the center of villages shaped like a sailing boat (haeng juhyeong) to supplement their unstable shape.

Doltap, or stone stacks, are erected by water paths, which are believed to be closely related to the geomantic energy of a village and through which the energy is believed to escape.

When the village sits geographically exposed, a guardian forest(dangsup) is artificially formed, with a shrine for the village guardian deity(seonangdang) built in the center to create a sacred space.

Supplementation related to the worship of sex organs (seongsinang bibo) is practiced when the village is shaped like a male or female sex organ, which results in lewd affairs in the community. A forest is built to cover a specific rock or parts that contribute to the village’s shape, or a rock shaped like a sex organ is prominently worshipped in order to artificially control the yin and yang energies.

Geomantic Supplementation

Geomantic Supplementation
Headword

비보 ( 补救 , Bibo )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Concept

Writer HongTaehan(洪泰漢)

Bibo, literally meaning, “to supplement, ” is the attempt to artificially alter a geographical environment that possesses a negative effect on people’s lives.

Geomantic supplementation can be viewed as a practice that is centered on humans, of altering nature to suit their needs, but at the same time it is also nature-centered, in that the attempt is about adjusting nature according to its ways without causing damage.

What is lacking in nature is filled by various means, including religious objects, in which case the attempt is called sinangbibo, or religious supplementation, and includes the use of a range of religious objects.

Jangseung, or village guardian posts, are erected on vacant spots in all four corners of a village to protect and fill the lack of energy.

Sotdae, or sacred pole, is erected in the center of villages shaped like a sailing boat (haeng juhyeong) to supplement their unstable shape.

Doltap, or stone stacks, are erected by water paths, which are believed to be closely related to the geomantic energy of a village and through which the energy is believed to escape.

When the village sits geographically exposed, a guardian forest(dangsup) is artificially formed, with a shrine for the village guardian deity(seonangdang) built in the center to create a sacred space.

Supplementation related to the worship of sex organs (seongsinang bibo) is practiced when the village is shaped like a male or female sex organ, which results in lewd affairs in the community. A forest is built to cover a specific rock or parts that contribute to the village’s shape, or a rock shaped like a sex organ is prominently worshipped in order to artificially control the yin and yang energies.