Ssitkimkut: The Korean Shaman Ritual of the Dead


2018 New York Sanjo Festival

Free pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. by Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung (Seoul National University) 

Ssitkimkut is the extraordinary Korean ritual for the dead that cleanses the dead spirit, assisting it on its way to the next life. The ritual is layered with singing, dancing, instrumental and theatrical performance, creating a strikingly unique art form. The experience of Ssitkimkut offers an uplifting spiritual transformation that comforts the living when the deceased soul is liberated on its journey in the afterlife. The ritual is full of poignant moments that express sadness and joy, as well as humor that is part of the human condition.

Asia Society first presented Ssitkimkut in 1994 with the legendary Park Byung-Chun. His daughter Park Miouk, a professional Danggol or Shaman will lead the ritual and is joined by some of Korea’s foremost traditional musicians: Baraji (assistants to the shaman), Oh Jung Hee and Lee Song HeeJijeon Chum (shaman dance), Sue Yeon Park; Musician: Lee Tae Baek (ajaeng); Yi Jiyoung (gayageum); Kim Tae Young (percussion and voice); Kim Sung-Ah (haegeum); Gamin (piri); and Ju-Yong Ha (gong).

This program is made possible, in part, by support from Arts Council Korea, The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the World Music Center Foundation.

Event Details

Fri 18 May 2018
8 - 9:45 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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$20 Members; $22 Students/Seniors; $25 Nonmembers
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