New Offerings Ritual(薦新)

New Offerings Ritual

Headword

천신 ( 薦新 , Cheonsin )

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

Writer KimJiwook(金志昱)

Cheonsin, a term that literally means, “offering the new, ” refers to a ritual held to offer the season’s new harvest to ancestors and household gods

The rite is a thanksgiving ritual that involves the offering of the fall season’s first harvested grains to the many household gods, generally taking place before the thanksgiving holiday Chuseok or sometimes as part of the Chuseok festivities. The ritual takes place out on the sauce jar terrace in the backyard, or in various corners of the house where household gods reside, as in a household gods ritual (gosa). Sacrificial foods comprise a simple offering of cooked vegetables and clear water, or a bowl of newly harvested rice with some accompanying side dishes. Rituals that offer rice stalks harvested before they have fully grown are called olbyeocheonsin, olbyeo meaning, “early harvest rice.” Other cheonsin rituals include milcheonsin, which offers to Samsin the goddess of childbearing and the land tutelary god Teoju pancakes made with newly harvested wheat (mil) in the seventh lunar month; yuducheonsin, offering to ancestors new fruits and grains on Yudu, the fifteenth day of the sixth lunar month; aengducheonsin, offering new cherries (aengdu) of the season on Dano, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month; and cheongeocheonsin, offering to ancestors herring (cheongeo) caught in winter and spring.

New Offerings Ritual

New Offerings Ritual
Headword

천신 ( 薦新 , Cheonsin )

Location of the encyclopedia

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

Writer KimJiwook(金志昱)

Cheonsin, a term that literally means, “offering the new, ” refers to a ritual held to offer the season’s new harvest to ancestors and household gods

The rite is a thanksgiving ritual that involves the offering of the fall season’s first harvested grains to the many household gods, generally taking place before the thanksgiving holiday Chuseok or sometimes as part of the Chuseok festivities. The ritual takes place out on the sauce jar terrace in the backyard, or in various corners of the house where household gods reside, as in a household gods ritual (gosa). Sacrificial foods comprise a simple offering of cooked vegetables and clear water, or a bowl of newly harvested rice with some accompanying side dishes. Rituals that offer rice stalks harvested before they have fully grown are called olbyeocheonsin, olbyeo meaning, “early harvest rice.” Other cheonsin rituals include milcheonsin, which offers to Samsin the goddess of childbearing and the land tutelary god Teoju pancakes made with newly harvested wheat (mil) in the seventh lunar month; yuducheonsin, offering to ancestors new fruits and grains on Yudu, the fifteenth day of the sixth lunar month; aengducheonsin, offering new cherries (aengdu) of the season on Dano, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month; and cheongeocheonsin, offering to ancestors herring (cheongeo) caught in winter and spring.