Today the Senjari Rangers began fashioning bracelets to aid in the effort to rebuild Sulsaemit Shrine. Tomorrow we start the process of cleaning out the shrine. Several fundraising ideas are in the works and further planning for the actual reconstruction of the shrine will happen as these get under way.
Sen jari is an expression in Jeju-eo, the Unesco-recognized, endangered, native language of the island, than means ‘strong seat’. Gods in Jeju are said to be ‘seated’ in shrines. Go Grandmother Goddess and Kim Grandfather God are two of the gods ‘seated’ in Sulsaemit shrine. A sen jari is a particularly strong shrine. Sulsaemit shrine has been a particularly revered ‘seat of gods’ over the centuries. See this quote by Mun Mu Byoung, one of Jeju’s foremost scholars of traditional culture: