Thanksgiving Ritual(献酒巫祭)

Thanksgiving Ritual

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진적굿 ( 献酒巫祭 , Jinjeokgut )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Rites and Officiants

Writer KimHeonsun(金憲宣)

Jinjeokgut is a ritual of offering thanks by shamans to their possessing deities and other shamanic gods.

The term jinjeokgut, once referred to as jinjeok, came from the word for libation, “jinjak, ” a formal term found in Uigwe (Royal Protocols) of the Joseon dynasty.

This thanksgiving ritual is held during the spring blooming season and after the fall harvest. Spring rituals held in the Seoul area and Hwanghae Province are called kkotmajigut (flower greeting ritual) and fall rituals are called danpungmajigut (foliage greeting ritual).

Flower greeting rituals are held each year in the third lunar month, the host shaman inviting followers (dangol) and fellow shamans to treat them with food and to wish them good fortune and longevity. The ritual, dedicated to the shaman’s possessing deities, must include all the segments related to good fortune and the shaman’s sorcery skills. The process usually takes a full day but in some cases it is held over two to three days.

The proceedings of a foliage greeting ritual are similar to those of the spring ritual. It is also called singokcharim (offering of new grains) or haetgokmajigut (greeting ritual for new grains) and can be characterized as a fall harvest thanksgiving ritual.

The significance of jinjeokgut lies in seeking harmony between deities –those worshipped by individual shamans and those that rule the natural world –and ultimately promoting communication within the human world.

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Thanksgiving Ritual

Thanksgiving Ritual
Headword

진적굿 ( 献酒巫祭 , Jinjeokgut )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Rites and Officiants

Writer KimHeonsun(金憲宣)

Jinjeokgut is a ritual of offering thanks by shamans to their possessing deities and other shamanic gods.

The term jinjeokgut, once referred to as jinjeok, came from the word for libation, “jinjak, ” a formal term found in Uigwe (Royal Protocols) of the Joseon dynasty.

This thanksgiving ritual is held during the spring blooming season and after the fall harvest. Spring rituals held in the Seoul area and Hwanghae Province are called kkotmajigut (flower greeting ritual) and fall rituals are called danpungmajigut (foliage greeting ritual).

Flower greeting rituals are held each year in the third lunar month, the host shaman inviting followers (dangol) and fellow shamans to treat them with food and to wish them good fortune and longevity. The ritual, dedicated to the shaman’s possessing deities, must include all the segments related to good fortune and the shaman’s sorcery skills. The process usually takes a full day but in some cases it is held over two to three days.

The proceedings of a foliage greeting ritual are similar to those of the spring ritual. It is also called singokcharim (offering of new grains) or haetgokmajigut (greeting ritual for new grains) and can be characterized as a fall harvest thanksgiving ritual.

The significance of jinjeokgut lies in seeking harmony between deities –those worshipped by individual shamans and those that rule the natural world –and ultimately promoting communication within the human world.