Saturday, November 04, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
This live event will not be recorded.
Chair: Charles La Shure (Seoul National University)
The Logic of Creating and Destroying Sacred Sites in Shrine Myths of the Korean Peninsula
Piljun KIM (Seoul National University)
Korean Gramophone Dramas Adapted from the Simcheong Narrative
Yeonsu Choi (Seoul National University)
House Ghost Stories in the Korean TV Program “Late Night Ghost Story”
Heeyeon Kim (Seoul National University)
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.