Video: An Intense Korean Shaman Healing Ceremony

A great opening line to a blog post, "I knew things were going to get out of control when the Shaman stuck a pitchfork in the belly of the dead pig."

I haven't seen much yet on Korean Shamanism, but this short video and set of pictures give some detail of the pageantry and energy they bring to their work.

The Nomad Within shares their experience in a blog post. Read the whole thing for more details. Here's a little bit:

I knew things were going to get out of control when the Shaman stuck a pitchfork in the belly of the dead pig. She picked it up with the help of two other shamans. The pig was resting limp and lifeless at the top of the pole. She started chanting while the other shaman poured a huge bowl of makoli, a fermented Korean rice wine, over the back of the pig.

Next they put over $100 in bills on the pig’s back. The wind blew through the dry fall leaves. Light from a full moon broke through the tree branches. More chanting ensued.

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The photos in the accompanying slide show are from a good luck ceremony or ‘gut’ in Korean. There is a woman in the photos wearing a black shirt and red vest. She came all the way from Seoul just to meet this shaman. 

Here's a link to the photos.

Here's a video they have of an extraction.