Chen Jinggu was a shaman 巫婆 who lived in the 8th Century in the Min district of Fujian Province, China. She has become the focus of a spirit medium cult which is also practiced in Taiwan. A tradition of female shaman healers evolved on Mt. Lu 庐山 Mount Lu is a magic mountain. “Access to it was by means of a magic boat at the end of a shamanic journey.”(16)
Queen Mother (Wangmu)王母
Sacred Mountains-Dragon-Tiger Mountain
Rites of the Northern Dipper
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/28-moon-stations.html The 28 Moon Lodges or 28 Lunar Mansions (as they are often called in English) are divided into four clusters, with each cluster made up of seven constellations
http://moromoro.jp/morosiki/resources/200112EBTI/ Shigeki Moro, Association for Computerization of Buddhist Texts
Brigitte Baptandier, The Lady of Linshui: A Chinese Female Cult, trans. Kristin Ingrid Fryklund (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008
Since Yayoi times, the Big Dipper/Little Dipper etchings have been found carved on pottery for ritual use, so it can be assumed that some symbolism or ritual significance has been attached to the stars in the constellation since those times.
From the 8th century, a North Pole-cum-Big Dipper cult known as Myoken cult was recorded to have been practised at the Japanese court in 785 AD (Source: Nakamura p. 85).
Stories of Myōken’s miraculous powers appeared in the early 9th century Nihon Ryōiki 日本霊異記 (aka Nihon Rei-iki or Nippon Reiiki). The full title of this text is Nihonkoku Genpō Zen’aku Ryōiki 日本国現報善悪霊異記, commonly translated as “Miraculous Stories of Karmic Retribution of Good and Evil in Japan.” In this book of Buddhist legends, Myōken appears in the form of a deer to help
(1) devotees recover stolen silk robes and
(2) to help worshippers discover a thief (a temple acolyte who…
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When I decided to come to Kerala this summer for my internship, I got most excited not entirely about my work, but really about seeing a tiger. I can’t even remember the last time I went to a zoo, but I know deep in my closet I have a dusty photo of me and a tamed tiger from Thailand. At this time, seeing a wild tiger was actually more of a WILD idea. Since I’m working next to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a home to approximately 40 tigers and many other animals, I’m practically neighbors with them and awaiting a miraculous moment to see a tiger before my trip to Delhi.
As a Korean descendent, I must introduce you all to some Korean culture and explain why I’m writing a blog post that is dedicated just to tigers. I’m sure a lot of my Korean folks will agree that…
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Today, on the second new moon after winter solstice, is Korean New Year, or Lunar New Year. With the new moon also begins the Year of the Rabbit.
I don’t have much to say about what the Year of the Rabbit represents, I thought I’d share a bit of an anecdote from a small temple in downtown Suwon a few weeks ago…
We’d gone into the courtyard to have a space for our baby away from the traffic and crowds for a few minutes. Just as we were about to leave, a monk came down from one of the buildings and motioned us to follow him around to the side of the main hall. He wanted to show us the painting and see what we thought.
Usually, the paintings on a temple wall are depictions of the Buddha’s life, or Zen stories, such as the ten ox herding paintings, but…
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South Korean documentary “Manshin” vividly presents the cultural value in Korean shamanic rituals through its haunting images which lingered on my mind for a long time after watching it. Looking around the long, dramatic life story of a woman who has persistently adhered to her ‘destiny’ and craft, the documentary beautifully dances around archival footage, interviews, and recreated personal moments, and its gorgeous dance ultimately comes to us as a vivid, uncanny incantation to draw us into the folk tradition worthwhile to observe and value.
Its subject is an 82-year-old shaman named Kim Geum-hwa, who was officially recognized as a national treasure after enduring so much oppression upon her and her craft for many years. Born in 1931 in a small town of Hwanghea-do area which now belongs to North Korea, she was destined to become an outsider even when she was very young. Besides being an unwelcomed child right…
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