A South Korean Ipchun Ritual Welcomes Spring


SAMSUNGThe stage is set: Ipchun altar, prior to ritual, paper art of traditional figures in background beneath Jeju’s oldest (1448) and most significant building, Gwandeokjeong (National Treasure No. 322).

SAMSUNGShaman Suh Sun Sil (left) welcomes “Ja Cheong Bi, Earth Goddess” (right) in a dramatic portrayal of the goddess’ gift of 6 grains to the Jeju people.

SAMSUNGShaman Suh Sun Sil with supporting shamans and devotees in the background.

Dr. Anne Hilty
Dr. Anne Hilty is a Cultural Health Psychologist with a focus on the interplay of Eastern and Western theories of mental health as well as the mind-body connection. Her grounding is in the fields of cultural, transpersonal, and health psychology; she is additionally influenced by classical Chinese medicine, somatic psychology, and Asian shamanic traditions. Originally from the city of New York, Dr. Hilty lives on bucolic Jeju Island in South Korea, having previously lived in Seoul and Hong Kong.
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