Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity
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.
Appendix B: The Process of Shin Kut 121
the process of shin kut a p p e n d i x b 1. Myung batki (명받기; receiving the vocation): The mother shaman and the neophyte go up to the mountain before dawn. The mother shaman wears a Buddhist robe whereas the baby shaman wears the white Korean traditional dress. The baby shaman burns a white paper as an expression of purification of her/his heart. After bowing to the mountain gods, they descend the mountain. 2. Shincheonoolim (신청울림, opening): They announce to the gods the beginning of the ritual and ask the gods to visit them. This is the gen- eral opening for the ritual. 3. Ilwolsungshinmazi (일월성신맞이, welcoming sun, moon, and stars): The baby shaman dances on the water jar, holding the Ilwoldae, made of a pine tree. When the baby shaman receives the spirits, he/she gives Kongsoo (공수, possessed speech). The baby shaman asks Ilwolsunghsin (sun, moon, and stars, meaning all the spirits existing in the world) to bestow special spiritual power on them. 4. Heojookut (허주굿, scattering evil spirits): This is a ritual of purifica- tion through which they expel all harmful spirits and welcome their body spirit. The aim is to heal Shin Byung (신병). Shin Kut skips this Ko˘ri. park_book.indd 121 10/4/11 3:33:15 PM 122 a hermeneutic on dislocation as experience 5. Narim Kut (내림굿, receiving spirits): The initiate receives each spirit who comes to the Kut. When the shaman acknowledges a spirit who comes to the ritual, he/she wears the costume that represents the spirit and...
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