This post is a bit late … after all, I’ve been back in Canada almost a month. I started out the trip to Jeju with the express intention of publishing daily whatever progress I made, but found out very quickly (literally the second day of the trip) that the hour or two it took every night to get my hands on some internet, upload pictures from my camera, and write an update, could be spent on more frivolous things like … say …. actually doing the things I needed to get done on the trip!
Jeju really was a productive two weeks, and despite the delay, I’d like to share things in some sort of chronological order. So let’s pretend it’s May 15th….
— Day Two —
The second full day in Jeju was a busy one. Thanks to Anne Hilty, an american psychologist living on the island, I discovered that (by sheer dumb luck) I would arrive in Jeju just in time to experience a very special Seolmundae Halmang-themed event.
Every May 15th, the director of the Jeju Stone Park, an enormous museum/cultural centre dedicated to the myths and science of Jeju’s unique geology, hosts a ceremony dedicated to Seolmundae Halmang.
Participants offer prayers to Seolmundae Halmang
In between washes of paint, some rough sketches.
A prominent Jeju shaman performed the Gut.
Giant stone mounds surrounded the performance area.
The Gut performance.