Rite for a single ancestor(單設)

Rite for a single ancestor

Headword

단설 ( 單設 )

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Korean Rites of Passage > Korean Rites of Passage > Jerye

Writer KimMiyoung(金美榮)

Memorial ceremony held to commemorate the death anniversary of only one ancestor.

The act of placing the ancestral spirit tablets on the ritual table for an annual memorial rite is called seorwi. This act is divided into two types according to the number of the tablets. One is danseol, which is a rite held for a single ancestor on his or her death anniversary, and the other is hapseol, which is a rite held for two ancestors regardless of their death anniversary. On the death anniversary of a parent, the rite should be held for that parent only, and it is not appropriate to extend it to other ancestors. Such a rule is not intended for discrimination but to focus the expression of grief upon one ancestor. Commemorating death anniversaries is an extension of the funeral, and therefore a memorial rite should be held only for the ancestor who died on that day. Despite this rule, many families hold a joint rite for husband and wife out of simple human feeling to honor the two ancestors together.

Rite for a single ancestor

Rite for a single ancestor
Headword

단설 ( 單設 )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Rites of Passage > Korean Rites of Passage > Jerye

Writer KimMiyoung(金美榮)

Memorial ceremony held to commemorate the death anniversary of only one ancestor.

The act of placing the ancestral spirit tablets on the ritual table for an annual memorial rite is called seorwi. This act is divided into two types according to the number of the tablets. One is danseol, which is a rite held for a single ancestor on his or her death anniversary, and the other is hapseol, which is a rite held for two ancestors regardless of their death anniversary. On the death anniversary of a parent, the rite should be held for that parent only, and it is not appropriate to extend it to other ancestors. Such a rule is not intended for discrimination but to focus the expression of grief upon one ancestor. Commemorating death anniversaries is an extension of the funeral, and therefore a memorial rite should be held only for the ancestor who died on that day. Despite this rule, many families hold a joint rite for husband and wife out of simple human feeling to honor the two ancestors together.