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Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, Jeju’s UNESCO-protected shamanist rite

Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, Jeju’s UNESCO-protected shamanist rite

Yeongdeung Halmang has departed Jeju until next year, leaving behind the promise of a bountiful marine harvest. The goddess of wind and sea visits the island for only 2 weeks each year, and during this time haenyeo (diving women) and others placate her with rituals and offerings. On the day of her departure, 2.14 (lunar), villages throughout Jeju hold a rite of farewell.

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