Palanquin Fight of Uiseong(義城-)

Palanquin Fight of Uiseong

Headword

의성가마싸움 ( 義城- , Uiseong Gama Ssaum )

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Writer LeeWontae(李源台)

Uiseong gama ssaum (Kor. 의성가마싸움), or Korean palanquin (kama, Kor. 가마) fighting, occurs on Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month). The custom is observed in Uiseong-eup, Uiseong-gun, North Gyeongsang Province, and is also known as gamessam (Kor. 가메쌈), jamaessam (Kor. 자매쌈, Chin. 姉妹-) or gama (game) nori (Kor. 가마(가메)놀이).

The exact origin of Uiseong gama ssaum is unknown. By 1906, the tradition of gama ssaum was moribund but it was revitalized in 1974. This fighting tradition gained nationwide fame when it won the grand prize (the President’s Award) in the 1983 National Folk Art Competition, hosted that year in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province.

Uiseong gama ssaum is performed by students of village academies. On the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month, teams representing the academies parade through the streets of Uiseong carrying palanquins and flags. They meet and begin the fight at the Yudari Bridge, which divides Uiseong into northern and southern halves. The captains issue orders to their respective teams; to attack or retreat, or to flank their opponent in order to find and attack a weak spot in its defense. The object of the fight is to damage the opponent’s palanquin either by bumping it with the team’s own palanquin or by kicking it, and to take away the enemy’s flags. The winner is the team that has destroyed the opponent’s palanquin or captured the most flags.

Palanquin Fight of Uiseong

Palanquin Fight of Uiseong
Headword

의성가마싸움 ( 義城- , Uiseong Gama Ssaum )

Location of the encyclopedia

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

Writer LeeWontae(李源台)

Uiseong gama ssaum (Kor. 의성가마싸움), or Korean palanquin (kama, Kor. 가마) fighting, occurs on Chuseok (Kor. 추석, Chin. 秋夕, Harvest Festival, the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month). The custom is observed in Uiseong-eup, Uiseong-gun, North Gyeongsang Province, and is also known as gamessam (Kor. 가메쌈), jamaessam (Kor. 자매쌈, Chin. 姉妹-) or gama (game) nori (Kor. 가마(가메)놀이).

The exact origin of Uiseong gama ssaum is unknown. By 1906, the tradition of gama ssaum was moribund but it was revitalized in 1974. This fighting tradition gained nationwide fame when it won the grand prize (the President’s Award) in the 1983 National Folk Art Competition, hosted that year in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province.

Uiseong gama ssaum is performed by students of village academies. On the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month, teams representing the academies parade through the streets of Uiseong carrying palanquins and flags. They meet and begin the fight at the Yudari Bridge, which divides Uiseong into northern and southern halves. The captains issue orders to their respective teams; to attack or retreat, or to flank their opponent in order to find and attack a weak spot in its defense. The object of the fight is to damage the opponent’s palanquin either by bumping it with the team’s own palanquin or by kicking it, and to take away the enemy’s flags. The winner is the team that has destroyed the opponent’s palanquin or captured the most flags.