Pak Cheomji Puppet Play of Seosan(瑞山朴僉知-)

Pak Cheomji Puppet Play of Seosan

Headword

서산박첨지놀이 ( 瑞山朴僉知- , Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > Autumn > 8th Lunar month > Seasonal Holidays

Writer HeoYongho(許龍鎬)

Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori (Kor. 서산박첨지놀이, Chin. 瑞山朴僉知-) is a puppet play maintained in Tapgok village (Tapgok 4(sa)-ri, Eumam-myeon, Seosan, South Chungcheong Province). This puppet play is performed around Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month) by a troupe of entertainers made up of the members of the local community. Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori is the only surviving puppet play that is performed by local people and not professional entertainers. It was designated as Intangible Cultural Property of South Chungcheong Province, No. 26 on January 11, 2000. A society dedicated to the preservation of this puppet play regularly stages performances and offers training.

Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori is designed as a satire on the upper classes. Its twenty acts are similar in contents to the namsadangpae professional troupe’s puppet performances. Through the dynamics of relations between men and women, upper and lower classes, religious and secular characters as they unfold in each act, the play criticizes the concubine system and snobbism of the upper class and gives hope for the fulfillment of wishes by showing a blind person regaining his sight after earnestly praying to Buddha. This positive portrayal of Buddhism differentiates Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori from namsadangpae’s performances: the latter routinely ridiculed the religion by showing the conflict between the religious and the secular spheres.

Although created under the influence of namsadangpae (Kor. 남사당패, Chin. 男寺黨牌, professional performance troupes), Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori was consistently performed by amateur bands of entertainers native to the Seosan area. In this process of transformation from an outside custom into an independent local tradition, the performance became an indispensible part of the local community culture. A rare phenomenon, this, nevertheless, demonstrates that folk puppet plays were not a genre exclusively performed by namsadangpae.

Pak Cheomji Puppet Play of Seosan

Pak Cheomji Puppet Play of Seosan
Headword

서산박첨지놀이 ( 瑞山朴僉知- , Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > Autumn > 8th Lunar month > Seasonal Holidays

Writer HeoYongho(許龍鎬)

Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori (Kor. 서산박첨지놀이, Chin. 瑞山朴僉知-) is a puppet play maintained in Tapgok village (Tapgok 4(sa)-ri, Eumam-myeon, Seosan, South Chungcheong Province). This puppet play is performed around Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month) by a troupe of entertainers made up of the members of the local community. Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori is the only surviving puppet play that is performed by local people and not professional entertainers. It was designated as Intangible Cultural Property of South Chungcheong Province, No. 26 on January 11, 2000. A society dedicated to the preservation of this puppet play regularly stages performances and offers training.

Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori is designed as a satire on the upper classes. Its twenty acts are similar in contents to the namsadangpae professional troupe’s puppet performances. Through the dynamics of relations between men and women, upper and lower classes, religious and secular characters as they unfold in each act, the play criticizes the concubine system and snobbism of the upper class and gives hope for the fulfillment of wishes by showing a blind person regaining his sight after earnestly praying to Buddha. This positive portrayal of Buddhism differentiates Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori from namsadangpae’s performances: the latter routinely ridiculed the religion by showing the conflict between the religious and the secular spheres.

Although created under the influence of namsadangpae (Kor. 남사당패, Chin. 男寺黨牌, professional performance troupes), Seosan Pak Cheomji Nori was consistently performed by amateur bands of entertainers native to the Seosan area. In this process of transformation from an outside custom into an independent local tradition, the performance became an indispensible part of the local community culture. A rare phenomenon, this, nevertheless, demonstrates that folk puppet plays were not a genre exclusively performed by namsadangpae.