Ox Performance(牛戏)

Ox Performance

Headword

소놀이 ( 牛戏 , Sonori )

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

Writer KimHeonsun(金憲宣)

Sonori (Kor. 소놀이, lit. ox dance) are a series of ox-related activities, which are performed on Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month). This custom, also known as someogi nori (Kor. 소먹이놀이), is meant to offer special entertainment to farm workers and their oxen in order to thank them for their hard work.

Sonori is usually preceded by a musical performance by a farmers’ band. Once villagers are gathered around the farmers’ band and excitement is in the air, two men don an ox costume made from large straw mats, and enter the scene. The man in the front holds two wooden sticks representing ox horns, and the man in back waves a straw rope shaped like an ox tail. Then the performers visit and dance in the homes of the rich farmers or the households that had the greatest crop yields in the community that year.  Next, the dance troupe goes to see the rest of households in the community. The dance consists of three segments: mun nori (Kor. 문놀이, lit. performance at the gate), somaji nori (Kor. 소맞이놀이, lit. ox welcoming performance) and kkeutmageum nori (Kor. 끝막음놀이, lit. final performance). At the conclusion of the event, a farmhand selected as the best laborer of the year is invited to mount the ox; this is referred to as sangmeoseum nori (Kor. 상머슴놀이, lit. top farmhand performance).

Ox Performance

Ox Performance
Headword

소놀이 ( 牛戏 , Sonori )

Location of the encyclopedia

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

Writer KimHeonsun(金憲宣)

Sonori (Kor. 소놀이, lit. ox dance) are a series of ox-related activities, which are performed on Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month). This custom, also known as someogi nori (Kor. 소먹이놀이), is meant to offer special entertainment to farm workers and their oxen in order to thank them for their hard work.

Sonori is usually preceded by a musical performance by a farmers’ band. Once villagers are gathered around the farmers’ band and excitement is in the air, two men don an ox costume made from large straw mats, and enter the scene. The man in the front holds two wooden sticks representing ox horns, and the man in back waves a straw rope shaped like an ox tail. Then the performers visit and dance in the homes of the rich farmers or the households that had the greatest crop yields in the community that year.  Next, the dance troupe goes to see the rest of households in the community. The dance consists of three segments: mun nori (Kor. 문놀이, lit. performance at the gate), somaji nori (Kor. 소맞이놀이, lit. ox welcoming performance) and kkeutmageum nori (Kor. 끝막음놀이, lit. final performance). At the conclusion of the event, a farmhand selected as the best laborer of the year is invited to mount the ox; this is referred to as sangmeoseum nori (Kor. 상머슴놀이, lit. top farmhand performance).