See and Hear: The Korean Shaman Ritual of the Dead
June 18th, 2018
Last month, Asia Society welcomed shaman Park Miouk, the daughter of the legendary Park Byung-Chun, for a moving performance of Ssitkimkut, the traditional Korean ritual for the dead. A program that includes singing, dancing, live musical accompaniment, and ritual movements, the ceremony builds a bridge between the world of the living and the dead, cleanses the soul of the deceased and allows them to pass cleanly onto the next existence, and provides a sense of closure for those who remain in the land of the living. Joined on stage by musicians and dancers, Park Miouk conducted the same ceremony that her father first introduced to the U.S., at Asia Society, in 1994.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the evening, as well as complete video of the performance.