Laurel Kendall, with Diana Lee – An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman (English & Korean)(1991)

Laurel Kendall, with Diana Lee – An Initiation "Kut" for a Korean Shaman (English & Korean)(1991)
English | Size: 503.92 MB
Category: Shamanism

In Korea, when things go wrong in the household, the housewife may consult a shaman to determine if the problem is caused by an angry god or ancestor. The occupation of shaman is female dominated and holds a dual reputation in contemporary Korean society. In one respect, shamans are considered lewd women who promote superstition; in another, they are seen as keeping alive the religious ideals of the past. The film follows one woman’s trials from when she felt destined to be a shaman through her two-day initiation ceremony. The emotional impact of the ceremony, which is apparent throughout, reaches a climax during the ritual of the ‘knife riding general’ in which the initiate stands barefoot on knife blades in order to receive the spirits and speak in their voices.

Duration: 36min
framerate: 29.970 fps
Dimensions: 624 x 464 (4:3)
Codec: XviD @ 1822 kbps (BVOP)
Audio: MP3 @ 128 kbps (CBR)

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