Divination with Red Bean Porridge(红豆粥占卜)

Divination with Red Bean Porridge

Headword

팥죽점 ( 红豆粥占卜 , Patjukjeom )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > Winter > 11th Lunar month > Seasonal Terms

Writer KimTaesoo(金泰水)

Patjukjeom (Kor. 팥죽점, lit. red bean porridge divination) refers to the custom of fortune-telling on Dongji (Kor. 동지, Chin. 冬至, Winter Solstice) using a seasonal red bean soup called patjuk (Kor. 팥죽). The object of divination can vary from weather and the outcome of farming in the year ahead to the sex of a fetus. There are two forms of divination practices: one is based on the general porridge, and the other based on the rice dough balls that the porridge contains. In the first case, some porridge is put into a bowl and left until its surface becomes covered with a film. By examining the way the film is split, households of the past tried to predict success in farming. Divination with the rice dough balls was mostly practiced by expectant mothers. They grilled a rice ball over fire or boiled it in hot water. If the ball remained round, it indicated that the fetus was female. However, if the ball extended into an oblong shape, it was taken as a sign that the baby would be male. Families without an expectant mother also sometimes engaged in this type of divination simply for fun.

Divination with Red Bean Porridge

Divination with Red Bean Porridge
Headword

팥죽점 ( 红豆粥占卜 , Patjukjeom )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > Winter > 11th Lunar month > Seasonal Terms

Writer KimTaesoo(金泰水)

Patjukjeom (Kor. 팥죽점, lit. red bean porridge divination) refers to the custom of fortune-telling on Dongji (Kor. 동지, Chin. 冬至, Winter Solstice) using a seasonal red bean soup called patjuk (Kor. 팥죽). The object of divination can vary from weather and the outcome of farming in the year ahead to the sex of a fetus. There are two forms of divination practices: one is based on the general porridge, and the other based on the rice dough balls that the porridge contains. In the first case, some porridge is put into a bowl and left until its surface becomes covered with a film. By examining the way the film is split, households of the past tried to predict success in farming. Divination with the rice dough balls was mostly practiced by expectant mothers. They grilled a rice ball over fire or boiled it in hot water. If the ball remained round, it indicated that the fetus was female. However, if the ball extended into an oblong shape, it was taken as a sign that the baby would be male. Families without an expectant mother also sometimes engaged in this type of divination simply for fun.