Sacrificial Rite for the Mountain God in Deungjari, Godeung-dong

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Chinese Characters 高登洞 登子里 山神祭
Field Folk Beliefs
Type Rituals
Area Deungjari, Godeung-dong, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-doMap
Period Modern Times
Writer Choe Jina
[Definition]
An annual rite for paying homage to the mountain god, or the guardian spirit of the village, held in Deungjari, Godeung-dong, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do

[Details]
The rite is held in November (lunar calendar) every year at Mountain God Shrine located behind Yongcheonsa Temple. In the past, an officiating priest elected by villagers went up to the top of the mountain, laid ritual items offered to the mountain god, and read written prayer which is burnt after the rite. However, after Yongcheonsa Temple was built below the village four or five years ago, the rite has been held at the temple. Today the rite is held on October 15 in lunar calendar. The sacrificial items are still prepared by the villagers who also pay necessary expenses. In the rite, a Buddhist priest sprinkles clear water around the altar to ward off evil, after which the villagers lay items offered to the mountain god. The priest then reads the sutras during which the villagers walk around the shrine with a burning incense in their hand, all the while asking the god to protect their village that year. The rite is concluded with their placing a sacrificial paper for themselves and each member of their families. The offerings include pork, white rice cake, fruits, seasoned vegetables, clear water, soju, rice, paper flowers, incense, candles, and wooden gongs.

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