Songdang-ri Village Festival, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Intangible Cultural Property No.5

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Songdang-ri Village Festival, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Intangible Cultural Property No.5 +

Classification Intangible Cultural Property
Designated date 1986.4.10
location Jeju-si, Jejuteukbyeoljachi-do
Songdang-ri Village Festival is a village-level rite held to pray for the peace of the village by offering sacrifices to Bekjutto Manurassin, the origin of many villages on Jeju Island. It is held every year on January 13, February 13, July 13, and October 13.

Born in Songaksan Mountain in Namsan, Seoul, Bekjutto Manurassin was a goddess of mountain meat and farming who came to Jeju Island with five grain seeds, married Sorosocheonguk, a male god of hunting and livestock, and gave birth to eight sons and 28 daughters, whose offspring spread evenly to 368 villages throughout Jeju Island.

The village festival begins with the opening of a gate to pray for the villagers to open a newspaper so that they can hold a memorial service. The rite is held at the site and time of the rite, at the beginning of the ceremony to announce the reason for the rite and the names of those who participated in the rite, at the opening of the new palace gate, and at the beginning of the ceremony to remove bad energy from the path where the gods come down, and at the request of the invitation to invite the Jade Emperor and the Beggjutto Manura god. It is performed in the order of Poongni Nori, who dances and sings to entertain the gods, and Dojin, who tries to predict the fortune of the village, blocks the bad luck of the village, and sends back the gods who have been invited.

Songdang-ri is a sacred place to become the "root of your faith." Songdang-ri Village Festival is a representative of the village festivals held in Jeju Island.

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