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Author Mills, Simon, 1974-

Title Healing rhythms : the world of South Korea's East Coast hereditary shamans / Simon Mills.

Published Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.7957 MILL    DUE 04-03-19
 UniM Southbank CD M  6302  disc  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 121 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc.
Series SOAS musicology series.
SOAS musicology series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [107]-115) and index.
Contents 1. Turonggaengi - who are the east coast hereditary Mudang? -- Kut : the ritual context -- An introduction to the Mudang and her practices -- The Kim family of hereditary Mudang (Sesummu) -- Being a Mudang : a stigmatized profession -- Hereditary transmission and endogamy -- Relationships between hereditary and Charismatic Mudang -- The hereditary Mudang'a Kut -- Pyolshin Kut (P'ungoje) -- Ogu Kut (Ogwi Kut) -- 2. P'unori - musical practice in ritual -- The ritual musical instruments -- Musical structures : frameworks for improvisation -- The form and context of P'unori -- P'unori : the drum part -- P'unori : the hand gong part -- Changes in the musical style -- 3. 'Chiokka / hell song' - the afterlife, gods, ghosts and belief -- Life after Death in Ogu Kut -- The context, form and content of 'Chiokka' -- Other soul journeys -- The afterlife, gods and ghosts : Kim Junghee's view -- 4. Samojang - learning ritual music -- The form and context of Samojang -- Learning as a child -- Learning outside of ritual -- Learning during ritual -- Learning as a female Mudang -- Learning ritual music today -- 5. Otch 'ongbae - from the past into the future -- The hereditary Mudang's territorial expansion -- The form and context of Otch'ongbae -- The triumph of the Kim Family -- The decline of hereditary Mudang and their rituals -- The future of the hereditary Mudang's ritual arts.
Summary "In this book, Simon Mills provides an in-depth analysis of the East Coast hereditary mudang institution and its rhythm-oriented music, focusing particularly on the Kim family of mudang - the government-appointed 'cultural assets' for the genre. It is the first English language book to study this tradition in any depth, using materials from fieldwork (1999-2000) alongside interviews with two key family members, Kim Junghee and Jo Jonghun. Throughout, Mills includes numerous quotes from the ritualists themselves to help reveal their characters, opinions and beliefs. He documents the family's history, the decline of the hereditary mudang institution and its kinship customs, and the family's changing relations towards 'outsiders'. Mills also details ritual procedures, musical structures, playing techniques, instruments, and learning methods both of the past and present; as non-ritual musicians become increasingly aware of the powerful ritual rhythms, the music is finding new life in non-ritual settings."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Shamans -- Korea (South) -- Music -- History and criticism.
Music -- Korea (South) -- History and criticism.
Shamanism -- Korea (South)
ISBN 0754658457 (alk. paper)
9780754658450 (alk. paper)