Baekjuddo and Seochunguk’s eighteen sons are great mountain deities in their villages.
Shamans lead rituals dedicated to these gods in lunar January, on the 14th day of the month. These ceremonies are significant events, drawing on the efforts and resources of the whole village. During the ceremony, shamans convene with the spirits of the shrine gods to deliver the year’s divination and blessings. Great amounts of offering goods are prepared according to each gods’ personal taste. Villagers pray for their families, their own prosperity and common good for the village.
At the climax of such rituals, the grandfather mountain god, possessing the shaman’s body, strides around the shrine like a great hunter, casting blessings unto all in the village.
Residents of Waheul Village gather for a ceremony dedicated to Baekjuddo and Seocheonguk’s 10th son and his wife, the goddess Danimaegi (above)