Ritual for Land Tutelary God(宅基神告祀)

Ritual for Land Tutelary God

Headword

터주고사 ( 宅基神告祀 , Teojugosa )

Location of the encyclopedia

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

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Teojugosa is a ritual for worshipping the land tutelary god Teoju and praying for peace in the home.

Variations of this term include teojuje and teotgosa. Teoju is a deity that oversees the grounds of a house, and also brings prosperity while keeping away bad fortune.

This deity is worshipped in the form of the sacred entity teojutgari, placed in the backyard or by the sauce jar terrace. Teojutgari is an earthenware jar filled with rice grains, covered with a lid and draped with a conical straw bundle. The grains in the jar are replaced each year with newly harvested rice, and the old grains are steamed or made into rice cake to be consumed in the home among family members, for these grains are viewed as divine and therefore containing good fortunes, and they must not leave the house lest the fortunes escape with them. A simple ritual is held each year when the bundle is replaced with new straw and tied up with left-hand lay rope, with a folded sheet of mulberry paper attached to the knot to indicate that it is a sacred entity.

In South Chungcheong Province, the land tutelary god is called Jisin (Earth God) and is considered a major household god, worshipped in a ritual called jisinje on an auspicious day in the first lunar month. A ritual is held for other household gods as well, once a year in the tenth lunar month, around the time of the rice harvest. The newly harvested rice is used to make layered rice cake (sirutteok) as sacrificial food for the ritual.

Ritual for Land Tutelary God

Ritual for Land Tutelary God
Headword

터주고사 ( 宅基神告祀 , Teojugosa )

Location of the encyclopedia

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

Writer KimMyungja(金明子)

Teojugosa is a ritual for worshipping the land tutelary god Teoju and praying for peace in the home.

Variations of this term include teojuje and teotgosa. Teoju is a deity that oversees the grounds of a house, and also brings prosperity while keeping away bad fortune.

This deity is worshipped in the form of the sacred entity teojutgari, placed in the backyard or by the sauce jar terrace. Teojutgari is an earthenware jar filled with rice grains, covered with a lid and draped with a conical straw bundle. The grains in the jar are replaced each year with newly harvested rice, and the old grains are steamed or made into rice cake to be consumed in the home among family members, for these grains are viewed as divine and therefore containing good fortunes, and they must not leave the house lest the fortunes escape with them. A simple ritual is held each year when the bundle is replaced with new straw and tied up with left-hand lay rope, with a folded sheet of mulberry paper attached to the knot to indicate that it is a sacred entity.

In South Chungcheong Province, the land tutelary god is called Jisin (Earth God) and is considered a major household god, worshipped in a ritual called jisinje on an auspicious day in the first lunar month. A ritual is held for other household gods as well, once a year in the tenth lunar month, around the time of the rice harvest. The newly harvested rice is used to make layered rice cake (sirutteok) as sacrificial food for the ritual.