Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion


For our 65th evening, we will be happy to welcome

Keeryang PARK

for a communication entitled

Korean shamanism and the Jeseok dance

Keeryang PARK is the heir to a 250 year old shamanic tradition. In particular, she is the daughter of Byungchun PARK who is the specialist of the family ritual of bowl lids to console the souls of the dead and wish prosperity to the living or "Bokgaechum". This is a part of the shamanic ritual for the purification of the soul "Ssitgim gut" which is the Korean cultural heritage No. 72.

Keeryang PARK is a representative of the "Korea Shaman Dance Research Association" and a member of the "Korean National Dance Company". She frequently performs shamanic dances in Korea and has recently hosted four events in Paris around "Ssitgim gut".

Keeryang PARK is also, in line with her master's degree (A Study on the Relationship Between Korean Creation Myth and Jindo Ssitgim gut Bokgaechum) and her doctorate of arts (A Comparative Study on Jeseokchum in Donghae-an Byeolsingut and Jindo Ssitgim gut), a recognized researcher on Korean shamanism, and it is mainly in this capacity that she is proposing the present conference.

The conference

Keeryang PARK's lecture will provide answers to the following points:

1 - To have an overview of Korean shamanism,

2 - Knowing its components,

3 - Understand the sequences,

4 - To perceive the meaning of gut Jeseok as an element of Korean shamanism,

5 - Appreciate the value of Jeseok dance.

This evening will take place on

Thursday, April 28 at 06:00 PM Paris

Keeryang PARK will speak from Korea, in Korean. A French translation will be done simultaneously.

This evening will be organized in collaboration with Mr. Denis MEINGAN.

The subject being new compared to our usual center of interest it is perhaps not useless to indicate you some selected publications, by Clémence of the bookshop the Phoenix on the Korean shamanism:

In French:

"The shaman with the fan, a life story of a Korean mudang", Imago, 2015

"Sharing Happiness, Unraveling Resentment, Story of the Shaman with Ten Thousand Spirits" by Kim Kum-hwa, Imago, 2015

Cahier d'Extrême Asie, number 6, EFEO, 1991–1992

"Island of the Shamans" by Jay Kim, Matin calme, 2021

"La Chamane" by DONG-RI K., Maisonneuve & Larose, 2001.

En anglais :

"Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion" de Kendall, Laurel

"Religion in Korea: Harmony and Coexistence" de Koehler, Robert

"Folk Art and Magic: Shamanism in Korea" de Alan Carter Covell

"Mu-Ga : The Ritual Songs of the Korean Mudangs".

You will have the opportunity to participate in the meeting by logging on to Zoom

Meeting ID: 850 1920 8352 Secret code: 844433