Selection of Auspicious Date(擇日)

Selection of Auspicious Date

Headword

택일 ( 擇日 , Taegil )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Concept

Writer KimMantae(金萬泰)

Taegil, literally meaning, “to select a date, ” refers to the practice of identifying an auspicious date for a ritual or event, or an inauspicious date to be avoided, according to the principles of yin and yang and the Five Elements.

Alternate terms include nalgarim (date sorting), bogil (date divination), chugil (inquiry of auspiciousness), chuil (date inquiry). Time elements are of crucial importance to human lives in Korean folk religion, and relying on the cosmological principles to seek out auspicious dates is widespread in East Asia.

In contemporary times, auspicious dates are most commonly sought for weddings and moves, and also for store openings and births, and in some cases for funerals, grave-moving, house repairs and roofraising. The first factor people consider when selecting a date for a wedding, a move or a repair job, is son, an abbreviation of the term sonnim, or guest, which refers to a ghost that goes around harassing people and causing harm. It is believed that the ghost follows a ten-day cycle, spending the first and second days of the lunar month in the east, the third and fourth days in the south, the fifth and sixth days in the west, the seventh and eighth days in the north, the ninth and tenth days in the heavens, reappearing on the eleventh day in the east. Koreans have long believed that holding a wedding or moving on the day and in the direction that this ghost is expected to appear results in great calamities. It is speculated that the practice became widespread because due to the regularity of the ghost’s movements, the public was able to figure out which date to select or avoid without referring to a book calendar.

Selection of Auspicious Date

Selection of Auspicious Date
Headword

택일 ( 擇日 , Taegil )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Concept

Writer KimMantae(金萬泰)

Taegil, literally meaning, “to select a date, ” refers to the practice of identifying an auspicious date for a ritual or event, or an inauspicious date to be avoided, according to the principles of yin and yang and the Five Elements.

Alternate terms include nalgarim (date sorting), bogil (date divination), chugil (inquiry of auspiciousness), chuil (date inquiry). Time elements are of crucial importance to human lives in Korean folk religion, and relying on the cosmological principles to seek out auspicious dates is widespread in East Asia.

In contemporary times, auspicious dates are most commonly sought for weddings and moves, and also for store openings and births, and in some cases for funerals, grave-moving, house repairs and roofraising. The first factor people consider when selecting a date for a wedding, a move or a repair job, is son, an abbreviation of the term sonnim, or guest, which refers to a ghost that goes around harassing people and causing harm. It is believed that the ghost follows a ten-day cycle, spending the first and second days of the lunar month in the east, the third and fourth days in the south, the fifth and sixth days in the west, the seventh and eighth days in the north, the ninth and tenth days in the heavens, reappearing on the eleventh day in the east. Koreans have long believed that holding a wedding or moving on the day and in the direction that this ghost is expected to appear results in great calamities. It is speculated that the practice became widespread because due to the regularity of the ghost’s movements, the public was able to figure out which date to select or avoid without referring to a book calendar.