Fortunes for an Auspicious Day(生氣福德)

Fortunes for an Auspicious Day

Headword

생기복덕 ( 生氣福德 , Saenggibokdeok )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Concept

Writer LeeKitae(李淇泰)

Saenggibokdeok refers to a divination process for predicting one’s fortunes for a given day.

This process plays an important part in the selection of officials for the village ritual (jegwan). The methodology involves applying a candidate’s age and the day’s fortunes to Palgwe (the Eight Trigrams) and interpreting the outcome according to the three lines (hyo) of top, middle and bottom. A learned village elderly, a village fortuneteller or a shaman is asked to carry out the process. When there is no one to refer to, people outside of the village are sought out, but sometimes, the process is passed over and those among the candidates without “unclean” elements or events in life are selected as ritual officials.

Seeking out individuals with auspicious fortunes for the day of the ritual intends to select those who can best connect with the harmonizing spirit and energy between heaven and earth. In other words, the best candidates for ritual official are those who can best communicate with the gods. Once an individual qualifies as a ritual official after proven to possess the right fortunes for the day, he has to go through a divination process by observing taboos and purification procedures, following which he receives formal status as official.

Fortunes for an Auspicious Day

Fortunes for an Auspicious Day
Headword

생기복덕 ( 生氣福德 , Saenggibokdeok )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Village Gods > Concept

Writer LeeKitae(李淇泰)

Saenggibokdeok refers to a divination process for predicting one’s fortunes for a given day.

This process plays an important part in the selection of officials for the village ritual (jegwan). The methodology involves applying a candidate’s age and the day’s fortunes to Palgwe (the Eight Trigrams) and interpreting the outcome according to the three lines (hyo) of top, middle and bottom. A learned village elderly, a village fortuneteller or a shaman is asked to carry out the process. When there is no one to refer to, people outside of the village are sought out, but sometimes, the process is passed over and those among the candidates without “unclean” elements or events in life are selected as ritual officials.

Seeking out individuals with auspicious fortunes for the day of the ritual intends to select those who can best connect with the harmonizing spirit and energy between heaven and earth. In other words, the best candidates for ritual official are those who can best communicate with the gods. Once an individual qualifies as a ritual official after proven to possess the right fortunes for the day, he has to go through a divination process by observing taboos and purification procedures, following which he receives formal status as official.