Still waiting for things to clear before I come back and start properly again… I’ll just post odds and ends when I have a moment in the meanwhile. I love this video about Korean shamanesses, a culture that goes back a long way, and one I probably feel more at home with as “religion” than with anything most Westerners associate with that word tbh.
Korean shaman culture is quite vibrant and modern and has an interesting relationship with respectable society. Some Koreans take pride in this traditional folk culture whilst others predictably denigrate it as superstitious. As you can tell from this article by a Korean student in London:
… the place occupied by these ladies isn’t so far from that of psychics, mediums and healers in the West. However the shamanic side is quite legit, with long-term inherited lineages and shamanic illnesses of initiation as well as these possession rites. There are some quite serious superstar shamans who do interesting work politically.
Long may the mudang ladies climb barefoot the chaktu blades say I.