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A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience

Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity


Hemchand Gossai and Jung Eun Sophia Park

Dislocation, which involves moving from a familiar place to an unknown place, is a common experience in this era of globalization yet it can cause a deep sense of alienation – people feel invisible, voiceless, and anonymous. A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity employs socio-rhetorical criticism from a postcolonial perspective, providing a hermeneutic on the experience of dislocation from the perspective of Asian immigrant women. The author’s focus on Asian immigrant women’s spirituality is interwoven with different texts such as the story of a woman caught in adultery (Jn. 7: 53-8:11), Asian immigrant women’s stories in the novels Dictee and Crossings, and stories of Korean shamans encountered in the author’s ethnographic fieldwork.
This book suggests that people who experience dislocation can create a borderland where their own marginality gains power and voice. In that borderland, they are able to construct a hybrid identity as a result of deep engagement with one another. In particular, the author’s fieldwork on Korean shamans reveals how the shamanic ritual itself functions as a borderland, wherein the marginalized Korean shamans gain hybrid identity. A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience is a valuable resource for classes in Asian studies, ethnography, cultural anthropology, biblical spirituality, women’s spirituality, and interdisciplinary courses.


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Appendix A: Glossary 119


glossarY a p p e n d i x a The following is a glossary of terms I use in my dissertation. Bang’ul 방울 Ritual bell Chesa 제사 Confucian-style ritual Kongsoo 공수 Shaman’s possessed speech Jeom 점 Divination Jeomjangi 점장이 Diviner Joomoo 주무 Shaman who is charge of a Kut Hwaboon 화분 Painting that depicts gods. Hwaboon means literally the god whom we revered by drawing. Han 한 Deep wounded heart, angst. Kang sin 강신 Spirit or god that descends and possess a shaman Ko˘ri 거리 A unit of ritual. Each Ko˘ri has three parts; welcoming gods-entertaining gods-sending gods. For example: Chosang Ko˘ri is a unit fro conctact with ancestors. Kunung 군웅 Spirits of warriors who died of the war park_book.indd 119 10/4/11 3:33:15 PM 120 a hermeneutic on dislocation as experience Kut 굿 Shamanic ritual Kutdang 굿당 Shamanic ritual shrine Shin 귀신/신 Spirit/ghost Mansin 만신 Mudang. Great moodang is called Keun mudang or Nara mansin Mudang 무당 Female shaman Muo˘ng-du 명두 Ritual mirror of shaman Narim Kut 내림굿 The ritual for enshrining the god in the body of the shaman Olssida 올씨다 That’s right! O-sin 오신 Part of Kut in which shaman amuses the god. Palja 팔자 A derogatory term for a bad and tough life destiny Sal 살 Harmful energy. Literally it means arrow San sin 산신 Mountain god. Often described an old man who riding a tiger. Sinjangdae 신장대 Spirit stick Sinegi 신애기 Disciple of spirit or baby shaman. When one shaman gives oracle to other shaman and the mother sha- man calls her baby shaman, this terms is often used. Sinewondang 신의 원당 Sindang where...

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