A Guide to Shamanism on Jeju Island, Part Two: Post Five: The Banished Deity

A curious feature of bonhyang shrines, including those shrines dedicated to Baekjuddo and Seocheonguk’s sons, is the banished deity. Often, in Jeju Island’s shamanic shrines, one finds the male or female deity of a pair, to be banished to the far end of a shrine, or even from the shrine entirely. Take the case of Seocheonguk himself. For the sin of his greed, or at least his inability to manage a farm, Baekjuddo split with him. He went to be enthroned as the deity in Lower Songdang Village. Seocheonguk resides in that location to this day. In the case of Weoljeong Village, it is the Grandmother Goddess who was banished for the crime of eating taboo meat. Sometimes, the reason for the gods living separately is a voluntary act. In the village of Sangwi-ri, the gods live apart by contract, on either side of a dividing wall that is maintained by villagers. In many cases, the eating of taboo pork is the act that leads to the gods deciding ‘to split the land and water’—in other words break-up.


One Comment Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s