Music and Musicians In Kut, The Korean Shamanic Ritual

Koudela, Pál; Yoo, Jinil (Articol)

“In a kut (the Korean shamanic ritual), music represents the most important part, and functions in different ways. It helps the mudang (the Korean shaman) to reach a trance state and triggers clients to different moods, but its role of entertainment is constantly increasing within the last decades. Music of kut represents a complex world: musicians in the mudang family, institution of musical education, advocacy and organization. In this essay we are going to set next to each other those elements of this musical world from ritual to amusement which can characterize it as a whole, but it also includes regional differences of instruments, rhythms and melodies. In kut mostly percussion and wind instruments play the most consistent role, but stringed instruments can be found too. There are musicians, called aksas, who create ensembles especially for a kut, but a hereditary mudang herself is a musician, having the ability to play many instruments, sings and conducts the accompanying orchestra. A shaman is a professional musician, who represents a feature that is particular to Korean shamanism.”

Cuvinte cheie: Kut, Mudang, Sanjo, and Shamanic music

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2016, nr. 1-2, p. 87-106