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Yeongmae: san jawa jugeun ja-ui hwahae (2002)

A revealing, impartial, yet sometimes shocking look into the history, traditions and practices of the dying art of Korean shamanism, chronicling the lives of living, practising "hereditary" and "possessed" shamans.

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A revealing, impartial, yet sometimes shocking look into the history, traditions and practices of the dying art of Korean shamanism, chronicling the lives of living, practising "hereditary" and "possessed" shamans.

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5 September 2003 (South Korea)  »

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Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead  »

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Opens your eyes to an ancient understanding of the soul
16 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Be warned, this is not for the squeamish nor for the hack. This is some serious pain and agony and no New Age Fluff. You will witness the soul depart and communicate to loved ones through a medium. Trance possession and graphic blood sacrifice for feeding a ravenous spirit, as well as deep mourning for the deceased will disturb you. I thought wrongly that I would see something akin to funeral rites but I saw powerful catharsis and deep ritual imagery that made me squirm at times but gripped my attention tight as a vice. Some ancient practices evoked a more harsh existence and powerful, primal spirit presence in some scenes scared the hell out of me.

The beauty of deep understanding still comes through and challenges one to rethink some of the things we are spoon fed by those who seek to hide or dilute the reality of death and pain in existence. It makes those popular psychics with their vague premonitions seem vain and immature, while pandering for the ratings and fame instead of being meaningful. Brush aside the feel good, watered down spirituality that is so out of touch and you might confront the passion, power and the mystery of the soul's journey. Outstanding for those interested in Shamanism, the Supernatural, Anthropology, and Ancient practices.


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