Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMFSouth Korean Popular Religion in Motion$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Laurel Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833435

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833435.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 24 May 2022

Memory Horizons

Memory Horizons

Kut from Two Ethnographic Presents

(p.34) 2 Memory Horizons
Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF

Laurel Kendall

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter compares two examples of kut, one from 1977 and another from 1992. In March 1977, angry spirits accosted a certain Mrs. Min and drove her mad. Shamans labored throughout a chilly spring night to save her life and restore her sanity. In 1992, a kut was held in a commercial shaman shrine for an urban woman who, although not mad, was in pain. The 1992 kut throws into question some of what the author thought she knew and highlights the particular challenge of studying rituals performed in a transient urban setting. She addresses the implications of different ritual time and space; the prominence of business anxieties as a problem for shamans and spirits; and the question of “real” (chinja) versus “phony” (ŏngt'ŏri) shamans.

Keywords:   shamanism, shamanic practice, kut, shamans, rituals

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.