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Program Title: an Initiation Kut For A Korean Shaman
EASC Code: KI-01
Series Title:
Region/Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Subject: Religion & Philosophy, Anthropology & Folklore
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Diana S. Lee
Producer: Center for Visual Anthropology
Release Date: 1991
Running Time: 37 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Anthropologist Laurel Kendall and filmaker Diana S. Lee film in an initiation ceremony ("kut") for a young woman is who trying to become a shaman. Lasting two days, the ceremony involves decorating the home with images of spirits, drumming, receiving advice from a mentor shaman. Most importantly, though, the kut requiers the shaman canadidate to test her ability to call and give voice to spirits. This is a candid piece, exploring why the woman feels she is destined to become a shaman, the travails of her family, and the challenges she faces trying to call the spirits. This piece provides little introduction or context to the world of the shaman, so some background reading is suggested.

Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits, by Laurel Kendall. University of Hawaii Press: 1985

The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman by Laurel Kendall. University of Hawaii Press: 1988

Data Entry Date: 11/21/06