Skeins of Thread(线团)

Skeins of Thread

Headword

실타래 ( 线团 , Siltarae )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer ParkJongik(朴鍾翼)

Siltarae, or skeins of thread, are used as sacrificial offerings to the gods in folk rituals.

They reflect a prayer for longevity, or simply as a sacrifice, both in communal or household rituals.

In the homes, the earthenware jar enshrining the house guardian deity (seongjudanji) is covered with mulberry paper, over which a skein of thread is placed. Thread bundles are wrapped on ridge beams with paper, and offered as sacrifices in home rituals for the village guardian deity Seonang or for Samsin, the Goddess of Childbearing. Their use became widespread over time as thread had always been viewed as a symbol of health and longevity.

In village rituals, skeins of thread were offered on the ritual table along with other sacrifices, sometimes used to tie up paper around the dried pollock (bugeo), and when the ritual was over, the thread and other attached offerings were hung as offerings on the divine tree (sinmok), village guardian posts (jangseung), stone stacks (doltap), standing stones (seondol), Mireuk rocks, or the village guardian shrine seonangdang.

Skeins of thread also serve as important sacrifices in shamanic rituals. They are offered in the peacewishing ritual antaek and the good fortune ritual jaesugut, and when enshrining the house guardian deity Seongju, coins and rice are wrapped in mulberry paper, then tied with a skein of cotton thread, in which case the thread is both a ritual sacrifice and an offering.

Skeins of Thread

Skeins of Thread
Headword

실타래 ( 线团 , Siltarae )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Ritual Offerings

Writer ParkJongik(朴鍾翼)

Siltarae, or skeins of thread, are used as sacrificial offerings to the gods in folk rituals.

They reflect a prayer for longevity, or simply as a sacrifice, both in communal or household rituals.

In the homes, the earthenware jar enshrining the house guardian deity (seongjudanji) is covered with mulberry paper, over which a skein of thread is placed. Thread bundles are wrapped on ridge beams with paper, and offered as sacrifices in home rituals for the village guardian deity Seonang or for Samsin, the Goddess of Childbearing. Their use became widespread over time as thread had always been viewed as a symbol of health and longevity.

In village rituals, skeins of thread were offered on the ritual table along with other sacrifices, sometimes used to tie up paper around the dried pollock (bugeo), and when the ritual was over, the thread and other attached offerings were hung as offerings on the divine tree (sinmok), village guardian posts (jangseung), stone stacks (doltap), standing stones (seondol), Mireuk rocks, or the village guardian shrine seonangdang.

Skeins of thread also serve as important sacrifices in shamanic rituals. They are offered in the peacewishing ritual antaek and the good fortune ritual jaesugut, and when enshrining the house guardian deity Seongju, coins and rice are wrapped in mulberry paper, then tied with a skein of cotton thread, in which case the thread is both a ritual sacrifice and an offering.