|First Annual Meeting of the Korean
Society for Spirit (Shamanic Deities) Studies
with Seminar and Gut-ritual Performance
National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul
November 24th, 2007
|the Panel of Presenters, answering questions from the audience
Our dynamic leader and my old friend Dr Yang Jong-seung, Senior Curator of Korea's National Folk
Museum. He gave a special introduction to my-even-older friend Alan Heyman, our honored eldest member;
probably no non-Korean has more knowledge and experience of Korean Shamans and what they do.
Dr Yang presents a Membership Certificate to my old friend Fred Jeremy
Seligson, semi-retired professor of English and another long-time foreign
scholar of Korean-Shamanic-related topics. We are both on the Board of
Directors of this Association, and on its Journal Editorial Committee.
Alan talks to Jin Seong-gi, senior expert on
the native Shamanic culture of Jeju-do Island,
Founder and Director of the Jeju Folk Museum
|Listening seriously to the comments by Mr Mu Se-chong, a close comrade of my late metor Zo Zayong
Keynote speech by my old friend Kusan-seunim,
retired master of the Taego Order and scholar
Keynote speech on the importance of correctly
understanding Korea's shamanism by Dr Yang
|my own presentation of my latest research paper
We finished with a two-hour performance of a "real" Ghost-Pacifying Ritual in the South Chungcheong Province style, by
Daejeon City designated-expert Shamans: Mr. Shin Bong, Ms. Seong Sun-Ja, Mr. Bang Sung-Gu and Mr. Han Deok. An
elderly couple and their two children were the authentic Clients being psychologically healed; we were privileged to watch.
|And of course, we all finished the day at a fine Samcheong-dong restaurant, with a wonderful
full-course Korean meal, featuring plenty of drinking, conviviality and comradeship.