Spirit Burying

Spirit Burying

January-February; second to 15th days of the first lunar month
Spirit burying, or Mae-gwi, is a new year custom common in rural areas of Korea. Farmers form bands and process around the village, visiting each home. In some areas the farmers wear masks and costumes and perform a traditional drama; in others they march around banging gongs and playing other musical instruments. Each household rewards the band with food, drink, or money. Any money collected is then put into a general community fund. Traditional belief has it that such activity will subdue evil spirits and provide for the village's protection in the coming year.
See also Sol; Taeborum
SOURCES:
AnnCustKorea-1983, p. 58
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