|▲ Hansu-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si / 2019 / After the yeongdeunggut ritual is over, a boat loaded with sacrificial offerings are sent to the sea.|
“Entering the Waters: the Ritual for the Sea God,” a photo exhibition by Kang Kun, was held from November 10th to 29th in the Haenyeo Museum lobby. The show is featured here on our pages.
Kang Kun’s career spans from a travel writer to an advertisement studio photographer to a news reporter; he now works as a documentary photographer. After settling in Jeju Island, Kang has been recording Jeju haenyeo’s rituals since 2014.
|▲ Jongdal-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si / 2020 / On the morning of the Jamsugut ritual, a shaman and the village head pray at Saenggaenap Donjitdang altar in Jongdal-ri.|
Over 50 photos introduced in this exhibition record the belief of haenyeo, who have traditionally performed through generations Yeongdeung-gut and Yongwang-gut rituals on the Jeju shores to pray for good luck and abundance of fish.
|▲ Sagye-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si / 2018 / Haenyeo are sailing out to the sea for jideurim (offering food to spirits in the sea), playing daeyang (gong), and having fun.|
On film, he captured the fate and traditional rituals of Jeju haenyeo, who are forced to rely on the god of the sea in the harsh, life-and-death diving conditions.
|▲ Sagye-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si / 2018 / Using rice, a shaman predicts a haenyeo’s annual luck with swallow readings.|
▲ Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si / 2019 / This is a statue of the Dragon King to perform a welcoming gut ritual, prepared by haenyeo to wish for their safety and big catch from the sea.
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