JEJU, SOUTH KOREA–Giuseppe Rositano has spent the last two and half years working on a documentary about the practitioners of Jeju traditional shamanism. The film explores the role shamanistic myths play in the lives of locals in six village communities.
Rositano filmed for a year with the aid of a few friends before going public with his project.
In the following extended interview one of Jeju’s ‘keun shimbang’ or ‘great shamans’ tells the origin myth of the goddess who resides in her shrine. She interprets the climax of one of the shrine’s annual rituals and speaks about the uncertain future of Jeju traditional shamanism.
The documentary will preview for the first time this Valentine’s day at a popular Jeju cafe in the seaside village where the footage from this excerpt was filmed. Rositano plans to show a series of previews in the upcoming months. You can find out more on the Facebook group page.
Further reading: Author Daniel Tudor, shares an exclusive excerpt on Korean Shamanism from his book Korea: The Impossible Country.