Evil forces that strike at a funeral ceremony(喪門煞)

Evil forces that strike at a funeral ceremony

Headword

상문살 ( 喪門煞 )

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Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Sal is a term used for vile and evil forces that harm people and cause destruction. Sangmunsal refers to the sal that can strike from the funeral ceremony.

If people are stricken by sangmunsal, they fall ill or even die suddenly. To prevent this, people sprinkle a mix of red pepper powder and salt in front of their gates to keep out impurities after visiting a funeral. Any object from the mourning house is forbidden inside the home if possible. Those who are very sensitive never eat food at a funeral to prevent the effects of uncleanness. When attending the funeral is unavoidable, they carry four or five red beans or other beans in their pockets as a preventive measure. They sprinkle the beans outward before entering the mourning house or throw them away as soon as they leave. Before going inside their own homes after attending a funeral ceremony, some people burn straw in front of the gate and leap it over.

Impurities from evil forces at the funeral ceremony can be divided into two kinds: sosangmun and daesangmun. At the beginning of the year when people have their fortunes told and avoid even going near a mourning house in months of bad fortunes, this is referred to as sosangmun. If people improperly witness the lowering of the coffin into the grave, they are stricken by sal, which is referred to as daesamgmun. This can be avoided by leaving the burial site for a moment when the coffin is being lowered, according to advice of an expert of traditional Korean geomantic beliefs. Daesangmun can also strike objects, in which case the object concerned can be heavily damaged.

Evil forces that strike at a funeral ceremony

Evil forces that strike at a funeral ceremony
Headword

상문살 ( 喪門煞 )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Rites of Passage > Korean Rites of Passage > Sangnye|Jangnye

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Sal is a term used for vile and evil forces that harm people and cause destruction. Sangmunsal refers to the sal that can strike from the funeral ceremony.

If people are stricken by sangmunsal, they fall ill or even die suddenly. To prevent this, people sprinkle a mix of red pepper powder and salt in front of their gates to keep out impurities after visiting a funeral. Any object from the mourning house is forbidden inside the home if possible. Those who are very sensitive never eat food at a funeral to prevent the effects of uncleanness. When attending the funeral is unavoidable, they carry four or five red beans or other beans in their pockets as a preventive measure. They sprinkle the beans outward before entering the mourning house or throw them away as soon as they leave. Before going inside their own homes after attending a funeral ceremony, some people burn straw in front of the gate and leap it over.

Impurities from evil forces at the funeral ceremony can be divided into two kinds: sosangmun and daesangmun. At the beginning of the year when people have their fortunes told and avoid even going near a mourning house in months of bad fortunes, this is referred to as sosangmun. If people improperly witness the lowering of the coffin into the grave, they are stricken by sal, which is referred to as daesamgmun. This can be avoided by leaving the burial site for a moment when the coffin is being lowered, according to advice of an expert of traditional Korean geomantic beliefs. Daesangmun can also strike objects, in which case the object concerned can be heavily damaged.