Jindo Dasiraegi - National Intangible Cultural Property No. 81

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Jindo Dasiraegi - National Intangible Cultural Property No. 81 +

Classification Intangible Cultural Heritage / Traditional Performing Arts / Yeonhee
Designated date 1985.2.1
location Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
When a person died on Jindo island after a long life, villagers came to console the bereaved family and had professional entertainers perform all night, which was part of the custom of praying for the peace of the spirit of the dead. Dasiraegi is a term referring to this custom.

Goguryeo (circa 37 BC – 668 aD) tomb murals and books on the history of Goguryeo and Silla (57 BC – aD 935) show that people sang and danced during the funeral period.

Jindo Dasiraegi is composed of five acts. In act I, a person pretending to be a member of the bereaved family exchanges jokes with mourners. In act II, a blind man, a female member of the troupe and a monk engage in a round of play. In act III, mourners carry an empty bier on their shoulders and sing a funeral song. In act IV, the mourners assume an act of digging a tomb, while singing a song. In the final act, food and liquor are served to the invited entertainers.

Jindo Dasiraegi is the country’s only folk play performed during a funeral period and handed down among professional entertainers belonging to Sincheong (an organization of exorcists and music performers). It is a valuable source of material for those studying funeral customs and folk plays. ☆

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