Korean Muism: Yeongdeung Halmang

When Yŏngdŭng Halmang blows in from the North it is time to pause, reflect, and align wiYeongdeung_Halmang_Korean Goddess of Windth your highest spiritual ideals before moving forward. This week I pulled the Wind of Spirit Card with my coaching client. We did a meditation, which clearly showed that we needed to keep our lights shining brightly in order to counter balance the darkness.  An hour later,  I pulled the same card for my new copy writing firm. Although the symbols differed, we received similar guidance. It was obvious that calm and steady waters do not require a wave to move forward. These days, there is never a dull moment, and I now know for certain that these winds have our best interests in mind. 

Dawn breaks early across the fertile lands of northeast Asia, shedding light onto a complex culture whose indigenous traditions have survived for eons, despite scant documentation, and strict political regimes.

Jesu is an island of 18,000 gods that adds intrigue to the history of ancient Korea. Although indigenous practices disappeared from the history books, keun-gut ( great shaman rituals) have survived typhoons, incessant winds, war, and drought. Jeju lies south of the Korean mainland, between China and Japan. The strategic military location of this peaceful community has made it a casualty of war throughout Korean history.

Halmang Seolmundae, is the giant goddess who embodies the omnipresent Mt. HalleHalmang Seolmundae, is a giant goddess who embodies the omnipresent Mt. Halle, and watches over this mysterious land of volcanoes.  Legend speaks to a time at the beginning of the universe, when the giant Grandmother created Mt. Halle with a mere seven shovels of dirt. Some of the dirt escaped through her tattered skirt, and formed secondary parasitic cones called oerum. One legend states that Halmang Seolmundae accidentally fell into a cauldron of boiling soup, which her sons accidentally consumed. They cried such bitter tears after discovering what they had done, that their grief transformed them into rocks. These 380 oerum are the silent Generals who help Grandmother watch over the island.  Each spring their tears revive multi-colored azalea blossoms that blanket Mt Halle.[4]

The New Yorker, March 29, 2015

The New Yorker, March 29, 2015

In this non-matriarchal society, independent, hard-working women are honored, because they possess the strength of character required to fish and farm the windswept land. Haenyeo are Jeju women who make their living by manually harvesting fish from the ocean floor.[5] These women dive without breathing equipment, wearing lead weights as they descend into the sea to depths of 33 feet.[6]  Farming the rocky earth brought many difficulties, including years of barren harvests, which led to famine. Their community is bound together by a strong faith, which is expressed through their rituals.

When Yeongdeung Halmang, makes landfall in your life, her arrival foretells the outcome of your endeavor. Now is time to establish an equilibrium in your life between, work, play, and ritual.Click To Tweet

 

 

On the second lunar month, Grandmother Yeongdeung, the wind goddess arrives on a breeze.North

You are being invited to dance with the ancestors when Yeongdeung Halmang rushes in from the North. Community Ritual is a powerful force that sustains life. In order to gain consensus in any situation, there must be a buy-in from the stakeholders. For more than 10,000 years, during times of peace and chaos, they were able to preserve their community rituals by listening to the wise counsel of their ancestors.

Grandmother is alerting you to broaden your awareness, and be in service to something greater than yourself. Ask, “Am I being of service to others as well as to myself?” Open your eyes, mind, heart and soul. Give of yourself unconditionally, so that others may benefit from your kindness and generosity.

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[4] The Legend of Jeju’s Origin, Jeju Bureau of Tourism, accessed July 11, 2016 http://www.ijto.or.kr/english/index.php?cid=17

[5] Andrea DenHoed, The Sea Women of South Korea, The New Yorker, March 29, 2015. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/sea-women-of-south-korea

[6] Andrea DenHoed, The Sea Women of South Korea, The New Yorker, March 29, 2015. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/sea-women-of-south-korea

[10] Kim Yoo-kyung, Praying for the Mercy of the Goddess of Wind: Yeongdeung Shaman Rites, accessed July 11, 2016, https://www.koreana.or.kr:444/months/news_view.asp?b_idx=1370&lang=en&page_type=list

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