A Korean Shaman

A Korean Shaman

A shaman ( mudang / 무당 ) performs a gut (굿) where she communicates to the spirits, pleading them to heal someone in need.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_shamanism

Shot in the deep countryside near Anseong, South Korea, with a Canon AE-1 on Fuji Neopan 400 film. Developed personally in the darkroom with D76. And no, I wasn’t the person needing to be healed. I was just a spectator. © Patrick Bresnahan

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17 thoughts on “A Korean Shaman

  1. The moment I saw this marvelous photo, the first word that came to me was “kindness” and one of my favourite quotes by Lao Tzu. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness is giving creates love.”

    • Yes, she definitely looks sweet and lovely. Although, I must admit, the whole shaman visiting experience was quite creepy and a bit bizarre to me. There’s lots of screaming, jumping, singing, drum beating, cymbal crashing, and general chaos involved. The shamans act possessed by spirits and go into these weird trances, running about and shouting at the person who needs healing ( not pictured in this shot ). Either way, it was definitely a very peculiar and interesting experience!

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