The Traditional Village Shamans of Jeju Island, South Korea: PHOTO ESSAY

I’m putting together some of my photographic and video work from documenting  shamanic tradition over the last six years. This is the first series, focusing on the shamans of Jeju Island, South Korea in the context of shrine ceremonies. SKIP TO FULL PHOTO ESSAY

The shamans of Jeju Island, South Korea, like other shamans across Eurasia, are village priests concerned with the physical and spiritual well-being of their community’s residents. These shaman, called shimbang, also serve in leadership roles, helping to settle disputes and organizing rituals. Traditionally, the position of shimbang on Jeju Island is inherited through family lineages, both females and males being selected by their parents. The training process to become a fully competent practitioner often lasts more than a decade. Shimbang are charged with memorizing and reciting epic myths, which amount to scores of hours of recitation. Mastering the techniques involved in rituals, as well as learning to work with people, also demands intensive study.

In this series, I offer a photographic profile of a number of shimbang I have spent time with over the years. Included are some video interviews, footage of village rituals and a short documentary. Some of the material is excerpted from my film Spirits: The Story of Jeju Island’s Shamanic Shrines.

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See Full Photo Essay Here On my photography portfolio site Some screenshots of the photo essay:

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See Full Photo Essay 


Joey Rositano is a writer and visual artist currently based in South Korea. He has produced a documentary on the shamanism of Jeju Island which is available now. He has also published a photo book accompanying the film which is available through gumroad.

Joey Rositano, director of the documentary Spirits: The Story of Jeju’s Shamanic Shrines, has produced a photo book that delves into the world of shamanism on Jeju Island, South Korea. The photo book includes 220 full-color pages detailing Rositano’s adventure documenting shrine worship.

Purchase a photo book on Jeju Island shamanism. Gumroad.

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Help support the project!

Spirits the documentary is now available on gumroad for download for $5. Follow the link below and you will arrive.

https://gumroad.com/l/zSfqc

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