Ritual to Undo Harm on Ancestral Tomb(阴宅解煞)

Ritual to Undo Harm on Ancestral Tomb

Headword

산바람막기 ( 阴宅解煞 , Sanbarammakgi )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Rites and Officiants

Writer HwangKyungsoon(黃慶順)

Sanbarammakgi, “keeping out tomb trouble, ” is a ritual for undoing a calamity in the home, believed to have been caused by the mishandling of an ancestral tomb.

Sanbaram, or tomb trouble, is brought on to descendants by acts related to ancestral tombs on a year when such acts must be avoided, including digging up or moving a grave; erecting stone figures or elevated platforms; cutting down a tree or laying grass; or paving a road next to the grave.

When an ancestral tomb needs to be moved due to land development, or in the case of trouble or hardships in the home, the family consults a geomancer or a shaman about the move or the state of the tomb before going ahead with the move.

When the shaman inquires the spirits about the family’s affairs and if it is concluded that the troubles are due to tomb trouble, she will offer a report at the tomb to the ancestors about the troubles and the necessary antidote, followed by either a ritual held at her shrine, a Sansin (Mountain God) worship ritual, or a rite at the family’s home, in which case the procedures focus on entertaining the ancestors to appease the angered Josangsin (Ancestral God).

Ritual to Undo Harm on Ancestral Tomb

Ritual to Undo Harm on Ancestral Tomb
Headword

산바람막기 ( 阴宅解煞 , Sanbarammakgi )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Rites and Officiants

Writer HwangKyungsoon(黃慶順)

Sanbarammakgi, “keeping out tomb trouble, ” is a ritual for undoing a calamity in the home, believed to have been caused by the mishandling of an ancestral tomb.

Sanbaram, or tomb trouble, is brought on to descendants by acts related to ancestral tombs on a year when such acts must be avoided, including digging up or moving a grave; erecting stone figures or elevated platforms; cutting down a tree or laying grass; or paving a road next to the grave.

When an ancestral tomb needs to be moved due to land development, or in the case of trouble or hardships in the home, the family consults a geomancer or a shaman about the move or the state of the tomb before going ahead with the move.

When the shaman inquires the spirits about the family’s affairs and if it is concluded that the troubles are due to tomb trouble, she will offer a report at the tomb to the ancestors about the troubles and the necessary antidote, followed by either a ritual held at her shrine, a Sansin (Mountain God) worship ritual, or a rite at the family’s home, in which case the procedures focus on entertaining the ancestors to appease the angered Josangsin (Ancestral God).