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Agricultural Rite

Seonnongje (Kor. 선농제, Chin. 先農祭, agricultural rite) was a rite paying homage to the two agricultural gods who were derived from ancient Chinese mythology, Shennong (Kor. 신농, Chin. 神農) and Houji (Kor. 후직, Chin. 后稷). The ritual was aimed at ensuring a good farming year and was conducted on an official governmental level. Seonnongje also was referred to as gyeongjeongnye (Kor. 경적례, Chin. 耕籍禮, lit. ceremony of cultivating the royal field) or jeokjeonnye (Kor. 적전례, Chin. 籍田禮, lit. ceremony at the roy

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Sericultural Rite

Seonjamje (Kor. 선잠제, Chin. 先蠶祭, sericultural rite) was a rite to pay homage to Silingshi (Kor. 서릉씨 (Seoreungssi), Chin. 西陵氏), a mythical ancient Chinese figure, believed to have brought the art of rearing silkworms to early humans. It consisted of a worship service and a demonstration by the queen of how to harvest mulberry leaves; these leaves are the main sustenance of silkworms. The ritual was held on an auspicious Day of the Snake during the third lunar month. The symbolic context of seonjam

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