08-05 Roots of Korean Folklore, Past and Present

Saturday, November 04, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Studio Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Charles La Shure (Seoul National University)

10:30 am
The Logic of Creating and Destroying Sacred Sites in Shrine Myths of the Korean Peninsula
Piljun KIM (Seoul National University)

10:45 am
Korean Gramophone Dramas Adapted from the Simcheong Narrative
Yeonsu Choi (Seoul National University)

11:00 am
House Ghost Stories in the Korean TV Program “Late Night Ghost Story”
Heeyeon Kim (Seoul National University)

11:15 am
“Pengsoo” and Animism in Korean YouTube Culture
Euncho Kwon (Seoul National University)

11:30 am
optional discussion time

Folklore in Korea has deep roots indeed. Centuries ago, shamanism and Confucianism were at odds with each other, but they both relied on feng shui as a means to either establish or uproot shamanic shrines. In the early modern era, the deep-rooted folk performance art of Pansori flourished in the fertile soil provided by the introduction of the gramophone. In more recent times, a television program shows how stories of ghosts “rooted” to a particular dwelling have changed as society has developed, and the penguin character of “Pengsoo” in a popular YouTube series hints at its roots in ancient animistic beliefs.